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Vietnam: One-Party State and the Mimicry of the Civil Society

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ISBN: 9782355960161 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.1026 Language: English
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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Are the issues of civil society, “good governance”, and the role of NGOs in Vietnam part of a discursive discourse that is linked to a growing development industry in which development studies and economics dominate? Kleinen questions these issues based upon longitudinal research in Vietnam since the early 1990s. In this study, an effort is made to explain the concrete interactions between authorities of the Vietnamese one-party state and its citizens by introducing an attitude of participants to conceal their real intentions with the intent to disguise their actions in order to obtain benefits for their own. Using the concept of mimicry the author tries to grasp what it means to live in a society where political and economic life is dominated by elite groups and were social change is coming from different directions. Two case studies are presented here: one in which local stakeholders of home stay tourism achieve their goals to develop an acceptable form of co-habitation with ethnic minorities without questioning the state. Another case study focuses upon the rapid urbanization of the periphery of Hanoi where land grabbing and private economic gains of outsiders are at loggerheads with local experiences and perceptions of state-village relationships. The question remains what it means for Vietnam's modernization and the prospects of a civil society.

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media --- politics --- Civil Society --- Press --- governance --- rights --- development --- ngo --- freedoms

L’Émergence de revendications libertariennes en Asie du Sud-Est : (Indonésie, Malaisie, Singapour et Philippines)

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ISBN: 9782355960093 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.957 Language: French
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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L'idée de ce travail a germé au printemps 2009, au hasard d'une librairie de Kuala Lumpur. Au rayon philosophie politique, la présence improbable des œuvres complètes d'Ayn Rand, mieux représentée que tous les auteurs classiques, avait aiguisé ma curiosité à l'égard des lecteurs de cette philosophe et romancière russo-américaine. À l'origine d'un courant philosophique qu'elle nomme « objectivisme », Ayn Rand défend une conception exaltée de l'individu libéré de toute contrainte sociale. Bien que sa philosophie soit contestée et loin d'être la seule défense contemporaine des libertés individuelles, elle reste une référence pour nombre d'individualistes radicaux à travers le monde. Son succès, confirmé par la présence des romans Atlas Shrugged et The Fountainhead sur l'étagère des meilleures ventes, indiquait la présence de lecteurs attirés par des convictions individualistes et universalistes dans une région dont l'approche contemporaine en théorie politique est dominée par les théoriciens communautariens qui estiment que les idéologies nées en Occident, du libéralisme au marxisme, ne sont pas exportables.

Negotiating Women’s Veiling : Politics & Sexuality in Contemporary Indonesia

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ISBN: 9782355960109 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.981 Language: English
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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This study will focus on the Indonesian jilbab, an ubiquitous piece of cloth that covers the hair and neck of women tightly, leaving no skin unconcealed. Achievement and role of jilbab after the authoritarian regime of Soeharto in 1998 is hardly known. The author examines women perception but also the Sharia Ordinances and the narratives of censorship. Voices of both women and sexual minorities (transgenders, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and queers) finally demonstrate awareness of the politics of representation in contemporary Indonesia, highlighting the links between religion, politics and identity.

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politics --- gender --- democracy --- sexuality --- Civil Society --- Women --- rights --- Indonesia --- freedoms

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