Monash Asia Series
The Monash Asia Series continues the University’s strong interest and expertise in publishing in this area, established by the Monash Asia Institute (MAI) Press. The Monash Asia Series replaces the MAI Press.
By Ann Wigglesworth
Published: March 2016
Edited by Angelo Andrea Di Castro and David Templeman
Published: April 2015
Edited by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett
Published: December 2016
By Nicholas Tarling
Published: January 2013
By Ian McArthur
Published: July 2013
By Maryam Jamarani
Published: April 2012
Edited and translated by Joost Coté
Published: December 2014
Edited by Jemma Purdey
Published: October 2012
Read Knowing Indonesia e-book (HTML format, free)
Making Chinese Australia:
By Helene van Klinken
Published: February 2012
Read Making Them Indonesians e-book (HTML format, free)
Edited by Alexandra Haendel
Published: August 2012
Read Old Myths and New Approaches e-book (HTML format, free)
On Feminism and Nationalism:
By Jason Lim
Published: January 2013
By Nicholas Herriman
Published: February 2016
By Faridullah Bezhan
Published: June 2016
Anthropology and Community in Cambodia
Reflections on the Work of May Ebihara
Edited by John Marston, 2011, $29.95, ISBN: 9781876924744
This collection explores - in rich detail - the nature of community in rural Cambodia. It examines the debates about the ways community - or its absence - is reflected in social organization, reciprocity, religion, gender, and a shared sense of trust. It also considers questions of community in the lead-up to and the aftermath of the catastrophic Pol Pot period. The book's essays have been inspired by the life and works of the late May Ebihara, who was a pioneer in the anthropology of rural Cambodia, and who was a friend and mentor to all of the contributors to the collection. Taken as a whole, like much of Ebihara's pathbreaking work, this book deals with processes of grassroots transformation. The book also includes a bibliography of Ebihara's works, as well as an interview with her, in which she reflects on Cambodia and her career in anthropology.
India Seen from the East
Indian and Indigenous Cults in Champa (Second Revised Edition)
Paul Mus, 2011, $24.95, ISBN: 9781876924751
Paul Mus (1902-1969) - a historian of religion in India and ancient Southeast Asia - has had a profound influence on generations of scholars. India Seen from the East draws upon his fieldwork among the Cham people of Vietnam: remnants of a society that had once boasted a flourishing Indian-style culture, but came to be known only through ruins, religious sculptures, and fractured folk memories. The contents of this book were first published in 1933 in a French academic journal ('L'Inde vue de l'Est. Cultes indiens et indigenes au Champa', Bulletin de l'ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, XXXIII, no 1:367-410). This revised edition (the original English translation was published in 1975 and based on the Mus's lectures) is perhaps the most influential of Mus's publications. It vividly justifies his conviction that - in the eyes of the Chams - 'folk' and 'Indian' were one and the same. This edition includes a new introduction and supplemental material: a comprehensive bibliography of the works of Paul Mus and illustrations not published since the original in 1933.
Maskulinitas: culture, gender and politics in Indonesia
Marshall Clark, 2010, $29.95, ISBN 9781876924768
A timely addition to the generally conservative field of scholarship on gender in Southeast Asia, Maskulinitas demonstrates that gender studies needs to encompass ‘the man question’, especially considering Indonesia’s strongly patriarchal society, where the norms of feminine subordination and submission are legitimised by the ideologies of the state and the strictures of religion. Ultimately, this book challenges us with the notion that if the subordinate status of Indonesian women is to be highlighted and some sort of gender equality achieved, then the representations, subjectivities and practices of Indonesian men must be addressed.
Bandung 1955: little histories
Edited by Antonia Finnane and Derek McDougall, 2010, $29.95,
The Bandung Conference was one of the great political events of the 1950s. More than half a century after the first great gathering of heads of independent Asian and African countries, this book presents some new and unusual perspectives on the history of the conference. Focusing on some under-researched individuals, countries and themes—Lebanon’s Charles Malik, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Japanese intellectuals, Burmese socialists, Australian politicians—the authors demonstrate the historical depth and repercussions of the conference.
Imagining Siam: a travellers' literary guide to Thailand
Caron Eastgate Dann, 2008, $39.95, ISBN 9781876924621
Thailand has been systematically transformed into a classic neocolonial object of Western desire, an easily penetrated erotic zone that caters to the appetites of Western interlopers. In the first comprehensive critical study of Western literature about Thailand, Imagining Siam provides a thorough analysis, using Edward Said’s concepts, of English language travelogues and travel literature. It offers a broad view, covering literary attempts to describe Siam in the 13th century, through the formative phase of Western engagement in the 16th century, the various competing European imperialisms in the 19th century, to today’s era of mass tourism and the global reach of mobile, economically and culturally powerful ‘First World’ populations. This will appeal to those interested in Thailand, critiques of travel writing and the Anna Leonowens legacy.
Malaya’s secret police 1945–1960: the role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency
Leon Comber, 2008, $27.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 52 2
The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed. The war against the Communist Party of Malaya’s determined efforts to overthrow the Malayan government involved the whole population in one form or another. Dr Comber analyses the pivotal role of the Malayan Police’s Special Branch, the government’s supreme intelligence agency, in defeating the communist uprising and safeguarding the security of the country. He shows for the first time how the Special Branch was organised and how it worked in providing the security forces with political and operational intelligence. His book represents a major contribution to our understanding of the Emergency and will be of great interest to all students of Malay(si)a’s recent history as well as counter-guerrilla operations. It can profitably be mined, too, to see what lessons can be learned for counterinsurgency operations in other parts of the world.
Indonesian Islam in a new era: how women negotiate their Muslim identities
Edited by Susan Blackburn, Bianca Smith and Siti Syamsiyatun, 2008, AU$39.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 54 6
Indonesian Islam in a new era examines the religious practices and identities of Indonesian Muslim women in the post-Suharto era. After 1998 Indonesian Islam changed socially and nationally as society underwent sweeping alterations. Based on new empirical research by sociologists, political scientists, and anthropologists from Indonesia and Australia, the book underscores the negotiations Muslim women have made in arenas such as schools, organisations, popular culture and village life. Whereas theology has until recently dominated studies of women and Islam in Indonesia, this book breaks new ground by examining from social science perspectives how Indonesian women negotiate their Muslim identities.
The First Indonesian Women's Congress of 1928
Translated and with an introduction by Susan Blackburn, 2008, AU$34.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 48 5
Every year on 22 December, Indonesia celebrates Women's Day, commemorating the start of the first Indonesian women's congress in 1928, and leading to the first federation of women's organisations. Susan Blackburn has translated the congress report into English and prefaced it with an Introduction that sets the background to the congress and analyses its proceedings.
Dilemmas of public university reform in Malaysia
Machi Sato, rrp AU$24.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 41 6
Since the mid-1990s, tertiary education in Malaysia has experienced great transformation. Legislation was introduced to make the system more democratic and international. Focusing on public universities, this book analyses recent reforms in the sector, and seeks to initiate an urgently-needed debate on how the reforms should be implemented.
This study is based on extensive interviews with academics from public universities at Malaysian institutions, because it is individual academics who play a crucial role in developing and maintaining the credibility and reputation of universities. Their stories give a clear picture of public universities that are juggling different expectations and pressures from the social, political and economic environments. The question is how this elusive balance can be achieved.
Violence in between: conflict and security in archipelagic Southeast Asia
Edited by Damien Kingsbury, 2005, $44.95, ISBN 1 876924 37 3
A recent series of terrorist attacks, the uncovering of a large terrorist network and a string of continuing regional conflicts have raised an awareness that Southeast Asia is amongst the world's most troubled areas. This book analyses local terrorism and state repression in this populous, strategically important region.
Foreign devils and other journalists
edited by Damien Kingsbury, Eric Loo and Patricia Payne, 2000, $27.50. ISBN 0 7326 1183 0
The role of the media is culturally determined, and when the media, and public figures, cross cultural boundaries, they find that they are used and interpreted in a variety of ways. Leading academics on the media in Southeast Asia provide provocative essays focussing on key issues in reporting on and within the region. Political control, freedom of expression and cultural difference all come in to play.
New views of Tibetan culture
Edited by David Templeman, 2010, $34.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 77 5
This wide-ranging book brings new and fresh visions of important aspects of Tibetan culture. It considers fields as diverse as power in Lhatok in Eastern Tibet, the dynamics and politics of lattice window design in Rebgong (Amdo), humour in old Tibetan verse, and concepts of the self in modern testimonia. The authors approach their topics with verve and insight, employing novel and often ground-breaking ways of dealing with their respective fields.
“This is an innovative collection of scholarly articles, well-researched and well-written. All of the articles are based on new textual research or recent fieldwork experiences. This book significantly enlarges the range of materials available to people interested in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.”
Karen C. Lang, Professor and Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia.
Tall tales and true: India, historiography and British imperial imaginings
Edited by Kate Brittlebank, 2008, $29.95, ISBN 9781876924614
Tall tales and true: India, historiography and British imperial imaginings is an interdisciplinary collection of eight case studies. Written in an engaging and accessible style, in order to appeal not only to specialists but also to students, teachers and general readers, it explores issues relating to the construction of historical narratives. The book presents re-assessments of a number of emblematic people and events that appear within the narrative of British imperial power: the Black Hole of Calcutta, Governor-General Warren Hastings, Tipu Sultan of Mysore, Arthur Wellesley and the battle of Assaye, the Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh, William Sleeman and the thugs, and the Indian Revolt of 1857-8. It concludes with an examination of the life of Madan Mohan Malaviya, an ambiguous figure who has been difficult to place in conventional narratives of Indian nationalism.
The iconic female: goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet
Edited by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett, 2008, $44.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 66 9
The energy of the goddess fills every facet of Indian life. To her devotees, the goddess appears in myriad forms: a mother, boon-giver, destroyer of evil, a divine lover, a protector and/or a bloodthirsty ogress. The more we discover about her, the more teasingly complex and multivalent the Devi appears. She is both constant and changing, loved and feared, worshipped and forgotten only to be re-discovered and worshipped. In this book, for the first time, ten Australian researchers working on many aspects of the Devi have come together and offered, in a single collection, new research on the divine female. This book is the beginning of a renewed quest for the iconic Devi who continues to emerge in her many, unpredictably powerful forms.
Is Japan really remilitarising? The politics of norm formation and change
Yasuo Takao, 2008, $36.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 60 7
According to the mass media, Japanese nationalism is on the rise. Tokyo’s stance on national security is becoming uncharacteristically assertive. This book explores the prospect of Japan’s remilitarisation and challenges the preconceived approaches taken by existing theories to Japan’s national security. The book examines Japan’s pacifism since the Second World War, developments in Japanese military build-up since the late 1960s, and Japan’s responses to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Narrating the other: Australian literary perceptions of Japan
Megumi Kato, 2008, $37.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 59 1
The first extensive study of Japan in Australian literary consciousness, this is a broad chronological exploration of Australian writers’ representations of the Japanese from the late 19th to the 21st century. A comprehensive examination of Australian novels, stories and memoirs reveals the powerful and continuing influence of depictions of Japan and its people and the contribution to the formation of wider Australian views on Japan and the Japanese.
Unexpected encounters: neglected histories behind the Australia-Japan relationship
Edited by Michael Ackland and Pam Oliver 2007, $34.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 50 8
Telling the personal stories of Australians in Japan and Japanese in Australia, this book explores issues of race, identity and ambition in times of war and peace. The essays collected here illuminate a variety of fascinating lives and individual achievements, from trade to literature and the arts, the media and the justice system.
British Muslims and the call to global jihad
Kylie Baxter, rrp AU$19.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 55 3
Since the events of 11 September 2001, Western Muslim communities have been placed under a social and political microscope. Omar Bakri Muhammad and his organisation al-Muhajiroun, based in London from the mid-1990s until 2004, endorsed militant jihad and generated a very public profile as the voice of 'Islamism' in the United Kingdom. Al-Muhajiroun's tenure in the United Kingdom spanned a crucial decade in international relations and the organisation acted as a lightening rod for the debates surrounding Islamism in the West. Drawing on interviews with Bakri, British Muslims and the call to global jihad explores the ways in which al-Muhajiroun attempted, and ultimately, failed to 'walk the line' between Islamism and life in a Western state.
Globalisation and labour mobility in China
Edited by Ingrid Nielsen, Russell Smyth and Marika Vicziany, 2007, $29.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 47 8
Some of the world's foremost China scholars examine China's extraordinary rate of economic growth, and issues surrounding internal migration. A comparative focus draws parallels China, India, Mexico and France.
Business in Asia
Edited by Russell Smyth and Marika Vicziany
ISBN 978 1 876924 53 9, rrp $32.95, Paperback, 240pp page size A5 210 x 148mm
The extraordinary economic performance of Asia is arguably the most important economic phenomenon of the last fifty years. Recovering from the shocks of colonial control, today, the world of Asian business is a rapidly changing scenario in which home-grown companies compete against multinationals for market share and market access. This collection focuses on the role of entrepreneurship—both private and state—in propelling Asian economic growth in the five decades since the end of the Second World War. The volume places the familiar names of Asian business in a long term historical and policy context. The 21st century is now being heralded as the ‘Asian Century’. This book helps us to understand what has made this possible.
Edited by Paul Jones and Pam Oliver
PB 2001 $29.95
Edited by Penelope Graham
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 25
PB 2008 $25.95
Edited by Thomas Reuter
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 30
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 27