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|Title:||'South-East Asia: A Political Profile' Damien Kingsbury: (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001)||Contributor(s):||Brown, Andrew John (author)||Publication Date:||2002||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/1965||Abstract:||Locating good general texts that can be used in teaching both introductory and more advanced undergraduate units on the history, society and politics of South-East Asia is difficult. This is especially the case if one wants a text that self-consciously situates itself within a broader body of theoretical discussion and debate. To some extent, this ambitious volume by Kingsbury fits the bill. In part 1, comprised of 4 Chapters, the author discusses and defines a number of key concepts that are used throughout the text. In Part II (5 Chapters) and Part 3 (6 Chapters), the author offers a descriptive political history of each state in South-East Asia, including the newest state of East Timor. As the author makes clear, this is not a text for the specialist. Rather, it has been written for those with little or prior knowledge of the history and politics of the region. Generally, speaking, Kingsbury has produced a book that achieves its stated objectives. However, although I would include this book as a general reference for my students, I would not set it as a main text. There are three main reasons for this assessment.||Publication Type:||Review||Source of Publication:||Journal of Contemporary Asia, 32(3), p. 421-423||Publisher:||Routledge||Place of Publication:||Oxfordshire||ISSN:||0047-2336||Field of Research (FOR):||160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific||HERDC Category Description:||D3 Review of Single Work||Other Links:||http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=149143971&sid=4&Fmt=3&clientId=20804&RQT=309&VName=PQD
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