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(Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (review)

(Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism and the Association of Southeast... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 33, No. 1 (2011), pp. 147­50 DOI: 10.1355/cs33-1h © 2011 ISEAS ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic [Re]Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. By Alice D. Ba. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2009. Hardcover: 325pp. One of the rare points on which scholars of different theoretical persuasion seem to agree upon is that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has much to do with talk. Clefts open right away though, with some viewing the apparatus of ASEAN's chatter as somewhat meaningless if not, in more extreme assessments, simply pathological, while others take pains to show how it matters and indeed shapes social reality. Alice D. Ba's contribution to the study of ASEAN positions itself explicitly in the latter, and in doing so, identifies itself as a constructivist exploration into the rationales that undergird the founding and continued salience of ASEAN in the talk of Southeast Asian and East Asian security. Ba's study is animated by two simple puzzles: how could a process of supposedly "weak cooperation" have contributed to the stabilization of relations between states in a region that had previously experienced armed conflict? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

(Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (review)

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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 33, No. 1 (2011), pp. 147­50 DOI: 10.1355/cs33-1h © 2011 ISEAS ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic [Re]Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. By Alice D. Ba. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2009. Hardcover: 325pp. One of the rare points on which scholars of different theoretical persuasion seem to agree upon is that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has much to do with talk. Clefts open right away though, with some viewing the apparatus of ASEAN's chatter as somewhat meaningless if not, in more extreme assessments, simply pathological, while others take pains to show how it matters and indeed shapes social reality. Alice D. Ba's contribution to the study of ASEAN positions itself explicitly in the latter, and in doing so, identifies itself as a constructivist exploration into the rationales that undergird the founding and continued salience of ASEAN in the talk of Southeast Asian and East Asian security. Ba's study is animated by two simple puzzles: how could a process of supposedly "weak cooperation" have contributed to the stabilization of relations between states in a region that had previously experienced armed conflict?

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Jun 4, 2011

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