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Journal Abstracts #167: September 24, 2004

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Journal Name: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies: February 2004, Volume 35, Issue 1
Print ISSN:0022-4634 Online ISSN:1476-0680


Sepoys, Convicts and the 'Bazaar' Contingent: The Emergence and Exclusion of 'Hindustani' Pioneers at the Singapore Frontier (pp1-19)
Rajesh Rai (The South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore)
The article studies migrants from Uttar Pradesh in Singapore who have historically identified themselves as 'Hindustani' – a group that has largely been ignored in historical literature of the Indian diaspora in Singapore. Through an examination of British expansion in India in the early nineteenth century, parallel developments in Southeast Asia, community publications and oral testimonies, the article attempts to '(re)discover' the history of Hindustani migration in Singapore.

From Blood to Public Office: Constituting Bureaucratic Rulers in Colonial Malaya (pp21-40)
Peter Triantafillou (Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark)
With the transformation from the Malay kerajaan rule based on economic extraction and the capability to take life to British colonial rule, Malays aspiring to govern others were now subject to a set of mundane disciplinary techniques seeking to promote a bureaucratic ethos that precipitated around academic merits, team spirit and above all the strange distinction between public and private spheres of action.

Kept in Position: The Labour Front–Alliance Government of Chief Minister David Marshall in Singapore, April 1955 – June 1956 (pp41-64)
James Low (Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore)
Using declassified British documents and Chinese-language newspapers, this paper seeks to supplement existing understanding of Chief Minister David Marshall's Labour Front-Alliance Government in Singapore from April 1955 to June 1956. From the outset, the government's reforms were hampered by its own weaknesses. It was viable only because British policy was to keep it 'in position'.

History and the Imaginaries of 'Big Singapore': Positioning the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (pp65-89)
Huang Jianli (The National University of Singapore) and Hong Lysa (The School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia)
The establishment of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall marks the PAP government's charting of a revolutionary, modernising genealogy of seismic proportions for the fashioning of a 'Big Singapore' as the political, economic and cultural focus of the Chinese diaspora. Such effort in reorienting history is problematic and the ethnicisation of national identity is contested, not least by Singapore's Chinese-language intellectuals.

In the Eye of the Storm: The Social Construction of the Forces of Nature and the Climatic and Seismic Construction of God in the Philippines (pp91-111)
Greg Bankoff (The University of Auckland in New Zealand and Wageningen University in the Netherlands)
The social construction of hazard is a matter of considerable moment to those engaged in disaster preparedness, management and relief. All too often, insufficient recognition is accorded to the manner in which people's actions are influenced by their cultural interpretation of what they are experiencing. Behaviours that appear inappropriate or illogical to external agency or relief workers may be entirely consistent and rational actions when understood in the context of the operating schema of the individuals experiencing such phenomena.

Men, Masculinities and Symbolic Violence in Recent Indonesian Cinema (pp113-131)
Marshall Clark (The School of Asian Languages and Studies at the University of Tasmania, Australia)
This article investigates images of men and masculinities in post-New Order Indonesian popular culture, focusing on a recent and path-breaking Indonesian film, Kuldesak. The theoretical sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is utilised to suggest that if Indonesian women are to be assisted in their efforts to resist the gender inequality of Indonesia's patriarchal gender regime, then the social gendering of men and masculinity must also be understood.

Review Article

The Sulu Zone Revisited (pp133-157)
Heather Sutherland (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
Iranun and Balangingi. Globalization, maritime raiding and the birth of ethnicity By JAMES FRANCIS WARREN Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2002. Pp. xxii, 585. Maps, Figures, Tables, Notes, Bibliography, Index.
James Warren's rewarding Iranun and Balangingi (2002) expands on his classic The Sulu Zone (1981) but retains the explanatory model: Southern Philippine slave-raiding (1768–1898) was caused by the capitalist world economy's demand for commodities. This essay suggests that Warren's depiction of servility is too undifferentiated, that he may have overestimated labour needs and elite control while underestimating free trade.

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