Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
by James C. Scott
Published by Yale University Press, 1987
This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run.
“A major contribution to peasant studies, Malaysian studies, and the literature on revolutions and class consciousness.”
—Benedict R. Anderson, Cornell University
“The book is a splendid achievement. Because Scott listens closely to the villagers of Malaysia, he enormously expands our understanding of popular ideology and therefore of popular politics. And because he is also a brilliant analyst, he draws upon this concrete experience to develop a new critique of classical theories of ideology.”
—Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Land of a Thousand Eyes: The Subtle Pleasures of Everyday Life in Myanmar
by Peter Olszewski
Published by Allen & Unwin, 2005
A vivid, insider’s account of one of the most inaccessible and mysterious countries in Asia, this book looks beyond topographical features to discover the psyche of the people of Myanmar. Appointed to train local journalists for 18 months at the English-language weekly The Myanmar Times, and despite a measure of danger in accepting the assignment, Peter Olszewski throws himself into the daily life and culture of Yangon—even finding himself in a real-life, fairy-tale romance. Myanmar has recently been the focus of humanitarian and political outrage in developed countries, and this book gives a surprising, new perspective on the question of democratization.
Agrarian transformations, market integration and globalization processes are impacting upon rural Southeast Asia with increasingly complex and diverse consequences. In response, local inhabitants are devising a broad range of resistance measures that they feel will best protect or improve their livelihoods, ensure greater social justice and equity, or allow them to just be left alone. This book develops a multi-scalar approach to examine such resistance occurring in relation to agrarian transformations in the Southeast Asian region.
The Heat of the Hearth: The Process of Kinship in a Malay Fishing Community
by Janet Carsten
Published by Oxford University Press, 1997
Janet Carsten offers an original and very personal investigation of the nature of kinship in Malaysia, based upon her own experience as a foster daughter in a family on the island of Langkawi. She shows that Malay kinship is a process, not a state: it is determined partly by birth, but also throughout life by living together and sharing food. Carsten gives the reader a fascinating “anthropology of everyday life,” including a compelling view of gender relations; she urges reassessment of recent anthropological work on gender, and a new approach to the study of kinship.