Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia

Critical Perspectives

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This volume explores the sources and manifestations of political violence in South and Southeast Asia and the myriad roles that it plays in everyday life. It considers and critiques the manner in which political violence is understood and constructed, and the common assumptions that prevail regarding the causes, victims and perpetrators of this violence. By focusing on the social and political context of these regions the volume presents a critical understanding of the nature of political violence and provides an alternative narrative to that found in mainstream analysis of ‘terrorism’. Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia brings together political scientists and anthropologists with intimate knowledge of the politics and society of these regions, from different academic backgrounds, who present unique perspectives on topics including assassinations, riots, state violence, the significance of borders, external influences and intervention, and rebellion.



Mass violence in Southeast Asia

Any study of “mass violence” in Southeast Asia needs to account for an extraordinary range of historical experience. At a minimum, it must offer an explanation of communal riots and pogroms, rebellions, left-wing insurgencies, forced displacements, massacres, genocides and civil wars occurring in widely disparate cultural, geographical and political contexts. It must explain not only why violence occurred, but also why large numbers of civilians became party to it. Crucially, it must also provide a convincing explanation of the key variations in the patterns of violence – including variations in type, timing, location and target. This chapter is an attempt to provide such an account.


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