Southeast Asia is a region of great geographic and cultural diversity, a meeting point for civilisational influences from India and China including the religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also the laboratory for much anthropological inquiry, attracting the attention of prominent anthropologists and social scientists, including Clifford Geertz and Benedict Anderson. This unit will examine Southeast Asia in historical and contemporary context, and draw on ethnographies dealing with issues such as nationalism, ethnic minorities and the nation state, gender and modernity, drugs and development, and the rural-urban divide.
1x3000wd take-home exam (50%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 10x100wd online reading response (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in the Anthropology major