Asia in Transition IAS

IAS-Springer Book Series

The “Asia in Transition” series with academic publisher Springer addresses the interplay of local, national, regional and global influences in Southeast, South and East Asia, through a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Editorial Committee

• Editor-in-chief: Bruno Jetin
• Series Editors: Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Lian Kwen Fee, Noor Hasharina Hassan and Jonathan Rigg (University of Bristol)

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China English in World Englishes

This book fills the gap in World Englishes studies in terms of the pedagogic implication of China English and its use in the Chinese workplace. Using three triangulated methods, namely, questionnaire survey, matched-guise technique, and focused interview, the book adopts an innovative research methodology that combines quantitative and qualitative data from 3,493 participants. Overall, the participants still believe that the standardized Englishes are desirable models of English in China and that China English should be well codified and promoted before being adopted as the pedagogic model. In addition, the book proposes that the curriculum design of university English should include an introduction to the well-defined characteristics of China English and world Englishes. Last but not least, the book reveals that English is being used more widely and frequently in the professional world than before and has become increasingly important in China.

Deyuan He

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The Divergent Nation of Indonesia: Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh

This book explores how Indonesia is imagined differently by young people in the three cities of Jakarta, Kupang and Banda Aceh. Throughout the course of Indonesia’s colonial and postcolonial history, Jakarta, the capital, has always occupied a central position, while Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Banda Aceh in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam are located at the peripheries. The book analyses the convergences and divergences in how the country is perceived from these different vantage points, and the implications for Indonesia, also providing a new perspective to the classic and contemporary theories of the nation. By examining the heterogeneity of the imaginings of the nation ‘from below’, it moves away from the tendency to focus on the homogeneity of the nation, found in the classic theories such as Anderson’s and Gellner’s, as well as in more recent theories on every day and banal nationalism. Using the tenets of standpoint theory and Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of hegemony, the nation is acknowledged as an empty signifier that means different things depending on the positionality of the perceiving subject. The work appeals to scholars of nation studies and Asian and Indonesian studies, as well those interested in the empirical grounding of poststructuralist theories.

Stefani Nugroho

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International Labour Migration in the Middle East and Asia: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion

The discourse on migration outcomes in the West has largely been dominated by issues of integration, but it is more relevant to view immigration in non-Western societies in relation to practices of exclusion and inclusion. The contributors go beyond this binary discourse of ‘exclusion versus inclusion’ which has dominated migration research. They examine the situation of migrants in the Middle East and Asia as one that encompasses both exclusion and inclusion, addressing related concepts of empowerment, ethnocracy, the feminisation of migration and gendered geographies of power, liberal constraint and multiculturalism, individual agency, migrant-friendly discourses, spaces of emancipation and spaces of insecurity. The book highlights current research in the Arab Gulf states, and examines multiculturalism in Asia more broadly. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers in international labour migration studies in the Middle East and Asia

Edited by Lian Kwen Fee, Lian, Hosoda Naomi and Ishii Masako

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Environmental Resources Use and Challenges in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Tropical Ecosystems in Transition

This edited volume introduces dynamic approaches to the study of Southeast Asia’s environmental diversity from different disciplinary perspectives at the interface between the natural and social sciences. The book introduces unique approaches to the study of Southeast Asia’s environmental changes and resource management under the influence of intensifying economic change in the region. It also examines the slow erosion of Southeast Asia’s rich environment and addresses serious issues such as the decrease in biodiversity and tropical forests, and the degradation of peat lands. At the same time, it discusses the social issues that are tied to energy-dependent growth and have intensified over the last two decades. It also analyzes the new roadmaps being created to protect, conserve, and manage the environment. 

Edited by Mario Lopez and Jafar Suryomenggolo

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The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back. Gender, Identity and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines

This book offers multidisciplinary approaches to the analysis of gender, identity and nation in postcolonial Southeast Asian literature and adds a Southeast Asian perspective to the study of gender, identity and nation in postcolonial Southeast Asian literature.

Edited by Grace V.S. Chin and Kathrina Haji Mohd Daud

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Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia

This book is a collection of work by scholars currently pursuing research on human security and insecurities in Southeast Asia.

Edited by Paul J. Carnegie, Victor T King, and Zawawi Ibrahim

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Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture

The chapters in this book locate research on Borneo within the general disciplinary fields of the social sciences, with attention devoted to anthropological research and related fields such as development studies, gender studies, environmental studies, social policy studies and cultural studies.

Edited by Victor T King, Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan

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Contemporary Conflicts in Southeast Asia: Towards a New ASEAN Way of Conflict Management

This book examines the concept of multiculturalism in the fields of Asian sociology and Southeast Asian studies.  

Edited by Mikio Oishi​

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International Migration in Southeast Asia: Continuities and Discontinuities

This book approaches the field of international migration from an intra- and inter-regional migration perspective. 

Edited by Kwen Fee Lian, Md Mizanur Rahman, Yabit Alas​

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Multiculturalism, Migration and the Politics of Identity in Singapore

This book examines the concept of multiculturalism in the fields of Asian sociology and Southeast Asian studies.  

Edited by Kwen Fee Lian​

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Join the Series!

If you have a scholarly work or an edited volume that you would like to submit to the IAS – Springer “Asia in Transition” books series, or if you have any questions about the series, please feel free to contact Editor-in-chief Bruno Jetin ( bruno.jetin@ubd.edu.bn).