Globalization, modernization and colonialism have played a pivotal role in the social transformation of Southeast Asian societies. The essays in this volume examine three aspects of this transformation: social change and development, the role of intellectuals, religion and cultural values. The volume honours the distinguished Malaysian sociologist Syed Hussein Alatas and his seminal contributions to the sociology of Southeast Asian societies. They have been written by his present and former colleagues, friends and students. Their contributions, reflect, complement and extend the influence of his ideas on contemporary research and social science scholarship.
Riaz Hassan, Ph.D. (1968) in Sociology, The Ohio State University, is Professor of Sociology at The Flinders University of South Australia. His research interests include sociology of Muslim Societies and Urban Sociology. His most recent book is
Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Southeast Asian Studies specialists and students, social scientists, journalists, lawyers, social workers, educated laymen, academic libraries, students of contemporary southeast Asian societies, sociology, political science, cultural studies, history, globalisation and development studies.