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Vol. 8, No. 2 of Southeast Asian Studies

Vol. 8, No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies


Published in April, 2019


Wrestling Beetles and Ecological Wisdom: How Insects Contribute to the Cosmopolitics of Northern Thailand ・・・ Stéphane RENNESSON pdficon_large
History that Slithers: Kra-Dai and the Pythonidae ・・・ James R. CHAMBERLAIN pdficon_large
Application of Center-Periphery Theory to the Study of Vietnam-China Relations in the Middle Ages ・・・ Nguyen Thi My HANH pdficon_large
Regional Cooperation in Higher Education: Can It Lead ASEAN toward Harmonization? ・・・ Jamshed KHALID
Anees Janee ALI
Nordiana Mohd NORDIN
Syed Fiasal Hyder SHAH
Politicizing the Fear of Crime in Decentralized Indonesia: An Insight from Central Lombok ・・・ Yogi Setya PERMANA pdficon_large
Revitalization of Tradition through Social Media: A Case of the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand ・・・ Jakraphan CHAOPREECHA pdficon_large
Book Reviews
Bruce Shoemaker and William Robichaud, eds. Dead in the Water: Global Lessons from the World Bank’s Model Hydropower Project in Laos. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018. ・・・ Keith BARNEY pdficon_large
Hjorleifur Jonsson. Slow Anthropology: Negotiating Difference with the Iu Mien. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2014. ・・・ Nathan PORATH pdficon_large
Ooi Keat Gin, ed. Brunei—History, Islam, Society and Contemporary Issues. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016. ・・・ Iyas SALIM pdficon_large
Geoffrey B. Robinson. The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965–66. Oxford and Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
Jess Melvin. The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder. Rethinking Southeast Asia. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2018.
・・・ Amado Anthony G. MENDOZA III pdficon_large

Vol. 7, No. 3 of Southeast Asian Studies


Published in December, 2018


Divides and Dissent: Malaysian Politics 60 Years after Merdeka

Guest Editor: Khoo Boo Teik

Preface ・・・ KHOO Boo Teik pdficon_large
Introduction: A Moment to Mull, a Call to Critique ・・・ KHOO Boo Teik pdficon_large
Ethnicity and Class: Divides and Dissent in Malaysian Studies ・・・ ABDUL RAHMAN Embong pdficon_large
Rents, Accumulation, and Conflict in Malaysia ・・・ Jeff TAN pdficon_large
Domination, Contestation, and Accommodation: 54 Years of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia ・・・ FAISAL S. Hazis pdficon_large
Shifting Trends of Islamism and Islamist Practices in Malaysia, 1957–2017 ・・・ AHMAD FAUZI Abdul Hamid pdficon_large
Law and the Judiciary: Divides and Dissent in Malaysia ・・・ Azmi SHAROM pdficon_large
Getting More Women into Politics under One-Party Dominance: Collaboration, Clientelism, and Coalition Building in the Determination of Women’s Representation in Malaysia ・・・ MAZNAH Mohamad pdficon_large
Creativity in Dissent: From the Politics of Pedagogy to the Art of Pedagogy ・・・ Simon SOON pdficon_large
Borne by Dissent, Tormented by Divides: The Opposition 60 Years after Merdeka ・・・ KHOO Boo Teik pdficon_large
Book Reviews
Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, trans. and eds. The Palace Law of Ayutthaya and the Thammasat: Law and Kingship in Siam. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2016. ・・・ KAMOLNICH Swasdiphanich pdficon_large
Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco. Performing Catholicism: Faith and Theater in a Philippine Province. Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press, 2016. ・・・ Darlene Machell de Leon ESPENA pdficon_large
Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng. The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace. Singapore: Ridge Books, an imprint of NUS Press, 2017. ・・・ Jim PLACZEK pdficon_large
L. Ayu Saraswati. Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013. ・・・ Nathan PORATH pdficon_large
Pál Nyíri and Danielle Tan, eds. Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016. ・・・ Phill WILCOX pdficon_large
Ang Cheng Guan. Southeast Asia’s Cold War: An Interpretive History. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018. ・・・ Brandon Kirk WILLIAMS pdficon_large
Tiantian Zheng, ed. Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. ・・・ Arunima DATTA pdficon_large
Gerard Sasges. Imperial Intoxication: Alcohol and the Making of Colonial Indochina. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017. ・・・ Chi P. PHAM pdficon_large
Wataru Kusaka. Moral Politics in the Philippines: Inequality, Democracy and the Urban Poor. Singapore: NUS Press in association with Kyoto University Press, 2017. ・・・ Rizal G. BUENDIA pdficon_large
Edwin de Jong. Making a Living between Crises and Ceremonies in Tana Toraja: The Practice of Everyday Life of a South Sulawesi Highland Community in Indonesia. Leiden: Brill, 2013. ・・・ Quynh Huong NGUYEN pdficon_large

Vol. 6, No. 2, KONO Yasuyuki et al.


Contents>> Vol. 6, No. 2

Introduction: Rural Northeast Thailand in Transition: Recent Changes and Their Implications for the Long-Term Transformation of the Region

Kono Yasuyuki,* Arunee Promkhambut,** and A. Terry Rambo***

* 河野泰之, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan

** อรุณี พรมคำ บุตร, Program on System Approaches in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand

*** Program on System Approaches in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand; East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601, USA
Corresponding author’s e-mail: trryrambo[at]

DOI: 10.20495/seas.6.2_207

The eight articles in this special issue are revised versions of papers that were presented at an academic conference on the agrarian transformation in Northeast Thailand, held at Khon Kaen University in September 2014. The conference was jointly organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University and the Program on System Approaches in Agriculture of the Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University (KKU). The first day of the conference was sponsored by the Thailand Research Fund as part of its Basic Research Seminar series, and the second day was sponsored by CSEAS and KKU.

It is widely recognized that Northeast Thailand (Isan) is undergoing a major agrarian transformation that involves a restructuring of agriculture from being subsistence oriented to market oriented. It also involves concomitant changes in all components of the agricultural system, including technology, economic orientation, social relations, and cultural values. Fukui Hayao (1996) may have been the first to apply the term “transformation” to agricultural change in the region. More recently, the broad outlines of this transformation have been described by Terry Grandstaff et al. (2008), Jonathan Rigg and Albert Salamanca (2009; 2011), and Charles Keyes (2014); but many aspects of this complex process have not yet received detailed attention or even been recognized as topics for study. Moreover, despite the recognition it has received in academic circles, the extent to which all aspects of rural Northeast Thailand have been changed as a consequence of this transformation has yet to be fully assimilated by the broader Thai public, including political and administrative elites and the media.

Given this background, we thought it would be useful to organize a conference that would bring together researchers from many disciplines to share their knowledge of the current situation in Northeast Thailand. We sought contributions from well-known senior scholars as well as younger scholars and graduate students who were currently engaged in field research in Isan. Participants represented many different disciplines (anthropology, agricultural science, area studies, medicine, and public health) and were associated with a wide range of Thai and foreign institutions, including several regional universities in the Northeast.

After rigorous peer reviews, eight papers were selected for inclusion in this special issue. The first paper, by A. Terry Rambo, presents an extensive review of recent research on multiple dimensions of the agrarian transformation in Northeast Thailand. It highlights the contributions to our understanding of the transformation made by each of the papers in this issue. The second paper, by Chai Podhisita, relates agricultural changes to household dynamics and expansion of the capitalist economy in rural Thailand. In the third paper, Shirai Yuko and A. Terry Rambo describe changes in household structure and sources of income in a single rice-growing village in Khon Kaen Province.

The fourth paper, by Watanabe Kazuo, describes changes in the rice production system in a single village in Khon Kaen Province. In the fifth paper, Watanabe Moriaki et al. examine changes in the trees in the paddy field agroecosystem, also in a single village in Khon Kaen Province. The final three papers examine different aspects of agricultural intensification, diversification, and specialization by smallholder Isan farmers. In the sixth paper, Arunee Promkhambut and A. Terry Rambo present the results of a survey of multiple cropping after rice in all the subdistricts in Khon Kaen Province. In the seventh paper, Chalee Gedgaew et al. describe the expansion of contract farming to produce hybrid tomato seed in multiple sites in the region. In the eighth paper, Sorat Praweenwongwuthi et al. examine land use changes in two districts along the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom Province.

As the editors of this special issue, we would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance we have received from Shirai Yuko, who helped to organize the conference and coordinate the complex editing process, and John S. Parsons, who skillfully edited several of the papers. We also want to express our appreciation to the anonymous referees who greatly helped to improve the quality of the papers in this issue. We are grateful to the Thailand Research Fund and the JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (22241058) for their generous support of the research of many of the contributors to this special issue.

Accepted: January 19, 2017


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Grandstaff, Terry B.; Grandstaff, Somluckrat; Viriya Limpinuntana; and Supanchaimat Nongluck. 2008. Rainfed Revolution in Northeast Thailand. Southeast Asian Studies 46(3): 289–376.

Keyes, Charles F. 2014. Finding Their Voice: Northeastern Villagers and the Thai State. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Rigg, Jonathan; and Salamanca, Albert. 2011. Connecting Lives, Living, and Location: Mobility and Spatial Signatures in Northeast Thailand, 1982–2009. Critical Asian Studies 43(4): 551–575.

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