In the latest edition of Southeast Asian Studies (Vol. 4 No. 2) Meredith Weiss has written a great review of Donna J. Amoroso’s work Traditionalism and the Ascendancy of the Malay Ruling Class in Colonial Malaya.
As Weiss argues the work is not only of contemporary relevance to current debates over Malay rulers but is also contributes to a much better understanding of imperialism, and particularly British imperialism, and the way in which it structures relations of authority and power in the colonial space.
As such she notes:
“the work will be of interest to scholars not just of Malaysia, but of British and other European colonial projects more broadly—and it is written in such a way as to be accessible and useful to both a specialist and interested non-specialist audience. With this volume, Donna Amoroso adds to her already considerable academic legacy—including, of course, the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, which she was instrumental in founding.”