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Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia
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Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia applies a new theoretical literature on social memory to remembered eveents in Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Highlighting connections between theorizing based on European examples and unresolved memory issues in East and Southeast Asia, the authors show how comparative study of the interpenetration of politics and lived bodily experience, of communal and personal memories, and of dominant and suppressed narratives, can yield insights into the human potential to become either perpetrators, victims or bystanders. The memories found within different groups in any society are open to negotiation, suppression, contestation, or revision in the ever-evolving politics of the present. The searching and close-grained analyses of contemporary issues found in the volume vividly illustrate the essentially plural and multivocal nature of social memories, and demonstrate the intricate connection between transnational, national and sub-national politics. Readers seeking a more nuanced and complex understanding of the past and of its continued relevance to the present and future, will find here much food for thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Part I: Southeast Asia within the Field of Memory Studies
  2. pp. 15-50
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  1. 1. The Work of Memory and the Unfinished Past: Deepening and Widening the Study of Memory in Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 17-50
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  1. Part II: Nationalisms and the Construction of Destinies
  2. pp. 57-181
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  1. 2. Remembering Kings: Archives, Resistance and Memory in Colonial and Post-colonial Burma
  2. pp. 53-82
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  1. 3. Shifting Visions of the Past: Ethnic Minorities and the 'Struggle for National Independence' in Laos
  2. pp. 83-105
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  1. 4. Truth and Memory: Narrating Viet Nam
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. 5. Textual Construction of a Nation: The Use of Merger and Separation
  2. pp. 125-155
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  1. 6. Remembering, Misremembering and Forgetting: The Struggle over Serangan Oemoem 1 Maret 1949 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  2. pp. 156-181
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  1. Part III: Traumatic Memories: Interpenetrations of Collective and Personal Experience
  2. p. 189
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  1. 7. War and Violence, History and Memory: The Philippine Experience of the Second World War
  2. pp. 185-200
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  1. 8. The Past in the Present: Memories of the 1964 'Racial Riots' in Singapore
  2. pp. 201-229
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  1. 9. Memories at the Margins: Chinese-Educated Intellectuals in Singapore
  2. pp. 230-269
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  1. 10. Living with the Spectre of the Past: Traumatic Experiences among Wives of Former Political Prisoners of the '1965 Event' in Indonesia
  2. pp. 270-291
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 292-295
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 296-300
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