Year published :March 2023

Pages :484 pp.

Size :15 x 23 cm., paperback

ISBN: 9786162151903

Regional Identities in Southeast Asia: Contemporary Challenges, Historical Fractures

by SEATIDE–CRISEA–Silkworm Books series

Edited by Jayeel Cornelio and Volker Grabowsky

Southeast Asia, as a regional configuration of nation-states called ASEAN, is a community of multiple identities. Over time, its citizens’ loyalties were formed around national and transnational frameworks involving ethnic, religious, and ideological affinities. In the post-independence period, they were impacted by the processes of decolonization, nation-building, the Cold War, globalization, and the rise of China. As a result, Southeast Asia is emerging as a confluence of competing and overlapping identities. 

Thus, in recent years, ASEAN has noticed the appearance of new collective imaginations about the region’s future, committing its member states to directions beyond the politico-economic realm. Yet there is a risk that more exclusive visions among its people, whether national, religious, ethnic, or other allegiances, will hold sway.

This book unpacks these competing identities. Rich in ethnographic and historical material, its chapters examine identities shaped by generational markers, transnational linkages, and shared experiences of violence. Collectively, they point to the region’s historical fractures and contemporary challenges.

About the editors

Jayeel Cornelio is Associate Professor of Development Studies and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work at Ateneo de Manila University. 

Volker Grabowsky is a Professor of Thai Studies at the Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg. 


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