Volume 86 – No. 3

September 2013


Review Essays

Critical Dialogues

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GLOBALIZATION AND ECONOMIC NATIONALISM IN ASIA. Edited by Anthony P. D’Costa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xxiv, 259 pp. (Tables, figures.) £55.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-19-964621-0. Reviewed by Sajid Anwar

MAKING AND FAKING KINSHIP: Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea. By Caren Freeman. Ithaca; London: Cornell University Press, 2011. xiv, 263 pp. (Maps, B&W photos.) US$35.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8014-4958-1. Reviewed by Jaeyoun Wong

GROUNDS OF JUDGMENT: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and Japan. By Pär Kristoffer Cassel. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xi, 260 pp. (B&W photos, illus.) US$39.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-19-979205-4. Reviewed by Simon Nantais

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CHINESE ENGAGEMENTS: Regional Issues with Global Implications. Edited by Brett McCormick & Jonathan H. Ping. Robina, QLD: Bond University Press, 2011. xiv, 224 pp. (Tables, figures, graphs, maps.) A$39.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-9806187-6-1. Reviewed by Wayne Bert

POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA. By Elizabeth Freund Larus. Boulder, CO; London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012. xii, 491 pp. (Figures, maps.) US$32.50, paper. ISBN 978-1-58826-825-9. Reviewed by Jay Goulding

CHINA’S THOUGHT MANAGEMENT. Routledge Studies on China in Transition, 40. Edited by Anne-Marie Brady. London; New York: Routledge, 2012. xi, 209 pp. (Figures.) US$125.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0415-616773-7. Reviewed by Børge Bakken

ISSUES IN CANADA-CHINA RELATIONS. Edited by Pitman B. Potter with Thomas Adams. Toronto: Canadian International Council, 2011. vi, 416 pp. (Tables, graphs, figures, maps.) ISBN 978-0-9866175-4-6. Reviewed by Andrew F. Cooper

THE CHINA THREAT: Memories, Myths, and Realities in the 1950s. By Nancy Bernkopf Tucker. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. xiii, 295 pp. (maps, figures.) US$39.50, cloth. ISBN 978-0-231-15924-1. Reviewed by Martin Laflamme

EATING BITTERNESS: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine. Contemporary Chinese Studies. Edited by Kimberley Ens Manning and Felix Wemheuer. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011. viii, 321 pp. (Tables, maps, B&W illus., B&W photos.) C$34.95, paper. ISBN 978-0- 7748-1727-1. Reviewed by Woyu Liu

CHANGE IN DEMOCRATIC MONGOLIA: Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining. Brill’s Inner Asian Library, v. 25. Edited by Julian Dierkes. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012. xviii, 332 pp. (Tables, figures) US$156.00, cloth. ISBN 978-90-04-22434-6. Reviewed by Morris Rossabi

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MORE THAN MAOISM: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia. Edited by Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy Sen, Pratima Singh. New Delhi: Manohar; Singapore: Institute of South Asian Studies, 2012. xxi, 470 pp., [12] pp. of plates (Maps, tables, figures.) Rs1,250.00, cloth. ISBN 978-81-7304-933-0.

INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY: The Politics of Postcolonial Identity from 1947 to 2004. Interventions. By Priya Chacko. London; New York: Routledge, 2011. ix, 237 pp. US$145.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-145-66568-1. Reviewed by Ganeshdatta Poddar

TRANS-COLONIAL MODERNITIES IN SOUTH ASIA. Edited by Michael S. Dodson and Brian A. Hatcher. London; New York: Routledge, 2012. xii, 262 pp. US$145.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-78062-9. Reviewed by Sukh Deo Muni

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COMMUNITIES OF IMAGINATION: Contemporary Southeast Asian Theatres. By Catherine Diamond. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012. ix, 392 pp. (B&W photos.) US$56.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8248-3584-2. Reviewed by Michael Bodden

NATURAL POTENCY AND POLITICAL POWER: Forests and State Authority in Contemporary Laos. Southeast Asia—Politics, Meaning and Memory. By Sarinda Singh. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. 2012. x, 192 pp. (Figures, maps.) US$45.00, cloth. ISBN 978-8248-3571-2. Reviewed by Rodolphe De Koninck

LAND AND LOYALTY: Security and the Development of Property Rights in Thailand. Cornell Studies in Political Economy. By Tomas Larsson. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012. xii, 208 pp. (Figures, tables.) US$45.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8014-5081-5. Reviewed by Janet C. Sturgeon

THAILAND’S POLITICAL PEASANTS: Power in the Modern Rural Economy. New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies. By Andrew Walker. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. xiii, 276 pp. (Tables, maps, charts, figures.) US$29.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-299-28824-2. Reviewed by Jim A. Placzek

DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS IN NORTHERN THAILAND: Hope, Politics and Practice. Southeast Asia Publications Series.By Katharine McKinnon. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011. xvii, 235 pp. (Maps, photos.) US$34.00, paper. ISBN 978-0-8248-3652-8. Reviewed by Aim Sinpeng

POPULATION POLICY AND REPRODUCTION IN SINGAPORE: Making Future Citizens. Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series. By Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun. London; New York: Routledge, 2012. xiv, 189 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$145.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-67068-5. Reviewed by Ern Ser Tan

MALAYSIA’S DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES: Graduating From the Middle. Routledge Malaysian Studies Series, 11. Edited by Hal Hill, Tham Siew Yean, Ragayah Haji Mat Zin. London; New York: Routledge, 2012. xxvi, 348 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$140.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-61436-8. Reviewed by Hwok-Aun Lee

CORRUPTION AND LAW IN INDONESIA. Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series, 40. By Simon Butt. London; New York: Routledge, 2012. xiv, 157 pp. US$140.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-67934-3. Reviewed by Priyambudi Sulistiyanto

ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN INDONESIA. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 259. By David Nicholson. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2009. xvii, 334 pp. (Tables.) €34.90, paper. ISBN 978-90-6718-326-0. Reviewed by Anton Lucas

SECURITY, DEVELOPMENT AND NATION-BUILDING IN TIMORLESTE: A Cross-Sectoral Assessment. Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series, 32. Edited by Vandra Harris and Andrew Goldsmith. London; New York: Routledge, 2011. xvi, 256 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$140.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-60124-5. Reviewed by Thushara Dibley

BURMA REDUX: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar. By Ian Holliday. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. xiii, 287 pp. (Maps.) US$29.50, paper. ISBN 978-0-231-16127-5. Reviewed by Trevor Wilson