ANTH 213(F) Center and Periphery: State, Society, and the Individual in Southeast Asia*
From the Opium Warlords of the Golden Triangle to headhunters in Borneo, from the royal courts of Javanese Sultans to pedicab drivers, Southeast Asia presents a broad spectrum of peoples, cultures, and polities. This course provides an introduction to the worlds of Southeast Asia by looking at the relationships between people, society and the state. Thematically the course is organized around the ever-shifting relationships between central authority-both colonial and indigenous-and tribal and peasant communities in the hinterlands. Among other topics, we will examine the "theatre state" in nineteenth-century Bali, the conversion of the Tagalog to Christianity, history as seen through the eyes of Ilongot headhunters, and the nightmare of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Format: seminar. Requirements: take-home midterm and a research paper. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 15).