Social Activism in Southeast Asia examines the ways in which social movements operate in a region characterized by a history of authoritarian regimes and relatively weak civil society. It situates cutting-edge accounts of activism around civil and political rights, globalization, peace, the environment, migrant and factory labour, the rights of middle- and working-class women, and sexual identity in an overarching framework of analysis that forefronts the importance of human rights and the state as a focus for social activism. Drawing on contemporary evidence from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste, the book explores the ways in which social movement actors engage with their international allies, the community and the state in order to promote social change. As well as providing detailed and nuanced analyses of particular movements in specific areas of Southeast Asia, the book addresses difficult questions about the politics, strategies and authenticity of social movements.

chapter |21 pages

Social activism in Southeast Asia

An introduction
ByMichele Ford

chapter |16 pages

Separatism in Aceh

From social rebellion to political movement
ByEdward Aspinall

chapter |16 pages

Philippine contention in the democratic 'transitions'

ByVincent Boudreau

chapter |15 pages

Burmese social movements in exile

Labour, migration and democracy
ByDennis Arnold

chapter |15 pages

Labour activism in Thailand

ByAndrew Brown, Sakdina Chatrakul Na Ayudhya

chapter |19 pages

The anti-globalization movement in the Philippines

ByDominique Caouette, Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem

chapter |16 pages

Activism and aid

Shaping the peace movement in Timor-Leste
ByThushara Dibley

chapter |17 pages

Sexuality rights activism in Malaysia

The case of Seksualiti Merdeka
ByJulian C. H. Lee