A Ohio University Press Book
Edited by Roxana Waterson
Southeast Asian Lives draws on the memory of individuals in various parts of the region to offer a wide-ranging theoretical reflection on the importance of life history as a viable method for historical and cultural interpretations.”
Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
“(T)he articles in (Southeast Asian Lives) offer valuable glimpses into Southeast Asian history and raise issues that will be of interest to practitioners of history and anthropology more generally.”
The Journal of Asian Studies
As news accounts report almost daily, the social, political, and economic atmosphere of Southeast Asia makes it one of the most dynamic and quickly developing regions of the world. Southeast Asian Lives: Personal Narratives and Historical Experience presents extraordinary life stories of ordinary people in a rapidly changing Southeast Asia.
The narratives provide illustration of the richness of life histories by revealing what it was like to live through the wrenching social changes that have accompanied successive political transformations in Southeast Asia, from the period of European colonialism, through the wartime occupation of Southeast Asia by the Japanese, to the emergence of new nation states. By pushing the boundaries of analysis of individual narratives, the authors, all anthropologists, demonstrate what a rich source such accounts can be for an anthropology that seeks to do justice to personal experience.
Southeast Asian Lives: Personal Narratives and Historical Experience will be of cross-disciplinary interest and importance to researchers in the fields of literature, history, anthropology, and sociology working on biography, autobiography, personal narratives, and oral history.
Roxana Waterson is an associate professor in the department of sociology at the National University of Singapore. More info →
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