The Village and Its Discontents: Meaning and Criticism in Late Modernity is a hopeful collection of essays about villages in Southeast Asia and across the world. The "village" is an idea, a construct, and a way of organising society. Villages constitute the basic unit of analyses in the arts, humanities and the social sciences, and these issues are presented through the collection of essays featured in this book. The contributors hope to generate interest in studying villages, to understand the meanings that attach themselves to the concept of the village, and to gain greater insights into multidisciplinary knowledge and analyses in today's highly developed global society.
Contents:AbstractPreface (Antonio L Rappa)Foreword (Tommy Koh)Village Structure and Social Organisation (Antonio L Rappa)The Village as a Domain in Language Policy (Lionel Wee)Kampong Lorong Buangkok: The Last Village in Singapore (Caitlin Pan) Politics and Social Transformation: The Ancient-Modern Village of Cambodia (Alvin Lim and Benny Widyono)An African Village in Perspective: Life on the Edge of the Boko Haram (Alvin Lim)Rice Rhapsody: Food and Sexuality in the Singapore Village (Regina Lee)The Urbanisation of Rural Villages in China (Guan Chong, Ding Ding, and Yu Yinghui)From Muban to Changwat and the Structure of Thai Politics (Antonio L Rappa)Pepatah Melayu and Adat Berkampung: Values, Rights and Responsibilities in a Kampong as Depicted in Malay Sayings (Lim Beng Soon)Contributors
Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students in political science, sociology, cultural studies.