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Inside Southeast Asia : religion, everyday life, cultural change
Mulder, Niels.
Personal Author:
Second revised and enlarged edition.
Publication Information:
Chiang Mai, Thailand : Silkworm Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
viii, 231 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
First published in Amsterdam by Pepin Press, 1996.
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DS521 .M85 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Written for both general readers and specialists, this book explores how modern, urban Southeast Asians view and manage their social life. By comparing the ways they live with their religious representations, with intimate and more distant others, and with their rapidly changing environment, the author demonstrates the marked similarities in the perception of individual and society in three civilizations along the inner littoral of Southeast Asia, irrespective of the great religious diversity that appears to characterize the region.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Note on spelling of words and namesp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Major Ideas
1 Religious syncretism or Southeast Asian religion?p. 7
2 Power and goodness in Thai symbolic representationsp. 16
3 The Javanist perspectivep. 31
4 Filipino religiosity as an expression of family relationshipsp. 42
5 Individual and society in modern Thai and Javanese Indonesian literaturep. 53
Part II Everyday Life
6 Basic principles of everyday lifep. 77
7 How to be a mother in Thailandp. 82
8 Living with conflict among Javanese and Tagalog Filipinosp. 87
9 Status, manners and conscience in Yogyakartap. 96
10 A scrutiny of family and genderp. 103
11 Thai and Javanese ideas about the individual and societyp. 111
Part III Dynamics of Culture
12 Changing ideas in a changing environmentp. 127
13 The Thai opening up to the worldp. 133
14 Contemporary cultural dynamics in Javap. 145
15 The cultural process of lowland Christian Filipino societyp. 158
16 The development of political culturep. 169
17 Transformations of democracy and human rightsp. 184
18 The common cultural construction of social lifep. 197
Notesp. 216
Bibliographyp. 223
Index of namesp. 226
Subject indexp. 228