House of Glass: Culture, Modernity, and the State in Southeast Asia

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Yao Souchou
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001 - Asia, Southeastern - 342 pages
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Drawing on critical theory and post-modernism, this book argues for a new strategy for writing about the social and cultural experiences of living in modern Southeast Asian states. Contributors -- many of whom work in universities in the region -- question the processes of cultural transformation under conditions of globalization and rapid economic and political change. By paying attention to the specificity of what is taking place in the particular state, the book questions the conventional...
 

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A truly brilliant collection of analysis and insight. As an Iranian writer with academic background I am quite familiar with "post colonial" critiques of modernization but I believe this book, and Yao himself in this and other books, bring a clarity and wide and multidisciplinary learning that is missing from most works on the question of modernity and modernization in the Middle East. The title of "glass house" is totally on the mark: orientalism and the reaction to it ("occidental ism," "westoxication") are both glass houses. 

Contents

Introduction
1
Part
25
theorizing state discourse
46
Representing state desire and the sins of transgression
70
McNationalism in Singapore
95
Part
117
The postmodernization of Thainess
150
Part Three
171
capitalism and
191
The state and information in modern
213
Part Four
241
representing the sugar industry
270
celebrity media and the state
287
representations
313
Index
339
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 Yao Souchou is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

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