Introduction H élène B ouvier Centre National de la Recherche Scienti ﬁ que (CNRS) H uub de J onge Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Radboud University Nijmegen G lenn S mith Laboratorie Asie du Sud-Est et Monde Austronésien (LASEMA) As a region, Southeast Asia has been tormented by political violence through the ages. In the so-called pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods, ruling elites and their adversaries have resorted to small and large scale violence to advance their interests, in essence maintaining, expanding or undermining authority. The post-colonial period hardly represented an improvement on earlier times: witness the Vietnam war, the communist insurgencies in Malaysia and the Philippines, the genocide during the regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, and the retaliatory actions following the coup d’état in 1965 in Indonesia. The last few decades have found several Asian countries plagued by communal and regional violence, as in the south of Thailand, the Philippines and in several parts of Indonesia. This is exempli ﬁ ed by ethnic violence, such as the harassment of Chinese in Indonesia in 1998, the forced dis- placement of the Madurese in Kalimantan, and the sporadic attacks against Vietnamese in Cambodia. Quite often these forms
Asian Journal of Social Science – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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