Extraordinarily rapid economic development has radically transformed urban-industrial, agrarian and marine environments throughout Southeast Asia. Future development is now being constrained, however, by the consequences of decades of largely unregulated exploitation of the region’s rich natural resources and biodiversity. It has also increased or altered the vulnerabilities of Southeast Asian populations to climatic variables, flooding and global economic shifts.
Critical States provides transboundary “state-of-the-science” reviews, case studies, and assessments of issues in the environmental change-development nexus, including: governance and institutional challenges, urbanization, climate change, poverty, as well as land, energy, and water use.
The Malaysian Indians comes at an important juncture in the history of this significant minority group in Malaysia. Written several years before the Hindraf rallies of 2007, this book is a much-needed introduction to the Indians of Malaysia.
It is a balanced, scholarly yet highly readable account of the origins, economic and political contributions, and continuing divisions and problems faced by this diverse community.
The focus is on those who migrated or were brought to work in colonial plantations and the civil service in the late 19th and early 20th century. Both the educated and poor labouring classes came to this nation seeking their fortunes, and became part and parcel of this growth, prosperity and political upheavals.
Readers are also reminded of the important, centuries-old, pre-colonial ties between India and Southeast Asia-links that deeply influenced kingship, religion, culture and trade, including in the Malay world. This book also traces the key contributions of individuals and groups in the making of Malaya as well as Malaysia. It is hoped that this book will be the springboard for more research, rational discussion, and informed public debates and policies about the Malaysian Indians, including its poorest, most marginalized, sections.
Before the 12th Malaysian General Election, bloggers were called numerous, often unflattering, names by Malaysian government officials and other unsavoury characters. Virtually immediately after the election results, they were hailed by many, including the same unsavoury characters, as “key players” and “prime movers”. Some have even gone so far as to blame the dismal election performance of the Barisan Nasional on bloggers and blogging.
Amidst all this, and the post-March 8 hype, this original, well-researched and very readable volume by upcoming Malaysian scholar, Jun-E Tan and renowned and committed social anthropologist, Zawawi Ibrahim, provides a necessary resource for those who wish to understand Malaysian blogging more comprehensively within a wider socio-political context. This volume is certainly necessary reading for Malaysians who wish to understand how the new media may or may not be able to contribute to the expansion of democratic space. And it really ought to be compulsory reading for the unsavoury characters who still refuse to understand where Malaysia is heading — Zaharom Nain, Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, USM
This book explores issues, raises questions and illuminates the complexities involved in developing an indigenous, culturally appropriate social work practice in a culturally diverse region in Sarawak.
Using border crossings as the central metaphor, the author explores the local help-seeking and help-giving experiences which provided insightful data. The clear articulations raised by this book are not only relevant to Sarawak, but also to the social work profession’s grappling with the issues of appropriate practice in multicultural settings anywhere.
The exploration of culture, research and ways of knowing will also be of great interest to students and scholars in Social Sciences. The themes of searching from within, of uplifting indigenous knowledge of decolonising research methodologies within the lines of this book will strike a chord among all those who have traversed, or are exploring this journey.