The Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia explores the nature and implications of civil society across the region, engaging systematically with both theoretical approaches and empirical nuance for a systematic, comparative, and informative approach.

The handbook actively analyses the varying definitions of civil society, critiquing the inconsistent scrutiny of this sphere over time. It brings forth the need to reconsider civil society development in today’s Southeast Asia, including activist organisations' and platforms' composition, claims, resources, and potential to effect sociopolitical change. Structured in five parts, the volume includes chapters written by an international set of experts analysing topics relating to civil society:

  • Spaces and platforms
  • Place within politics
  • Resources and tactics
  • Identity formation and claims
  • Advocacy

The handbook highlights the importance of civil society as a domain for political engagement outside the state and parties, across Southeast Asia, as well as the prevalence and weight of 'uncivil' dimensions. It offers a well-informed and comprehensive analysis of the topic and is an indispensable reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Asian Studies, Asian Politics, Southeast Asian Politics and Comparative Politics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. Funded by The Research Foundation for State University of New York, USA and The Stockholm Center for Global Asia, Sweden.

chapter 1|22 pages

Civil Society in Politics and Southeast Asia in Civil Society

Conceptual foundations
ByMeredith L. Weiss, Eva Hansson
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part I|76 pages

Spaces and platforms

chapter 242|20 pages

From Activist Media to Algorithmic Politics

The Internet, social media, and civil society in Southeast Asia
ByMerlyna Lim
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chapter 3|20 pages

Contemporary Arts in and for Civil Society

ByMinna Valjakka
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chapter 4|16 pages

Spatial Perspectives

Civil society activism as struggles for space in urbanising Southeast Asia
ByRita Padawangi
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chapter 5|18 pages

Legal Mobilisation and Civil Society

On the use and usefulness of strategic litigation in Southeast Asia
ByAdriaan Bedner, Ward Berenschot
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part II|54 pages

Place within politics

chapter 1006|17 pages

Civil Society and Efforts at Regime Change in Southeast Asia

ByAndreas Ufen
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chapter 8|14 pages

Civil Society Activism Beyond the Nation State

Legitimating ASEAN?
ByAnders Uhlin
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part III|50 pages

Resources and tactics

chapter 1549|20 pages

The Failing Financing of Civil Society in Southeast Asia 1

ByRosalia Sciortino
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chapter 10|15 pages

Civil Society Leadership

ByAstrid Norén-Nilsson
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chapter 11|13 pages

Violence and Civil Society in Southeast Asia

ByJoakim Kreutz
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part IV|72 pages

Identity formation and claims

chapter 20412|18 pages

Civil Society and Gender Advancement in Thailand

ByDuanghathai Buranajaroenkij
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chapter 13|19 pages

The Lgbt Movement in Vietnam 1

ByHelle Rydstrom, Hương Thu Nguyễn, An Ngọc Hoàng
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chapter 14|18 pages

Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities

ByJacques Bertrand, Cheng Xu
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chapter 15|15 pages

Religion and Civil Society in Southeast Asia

ByCarlo Bonura
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part V|105 pages


chapter 27616|16 pages

Organised Labour and Autocratisation in Southeast Asia

ByTeri L. Caraway
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chapter 17|19 pages

Business Associations and Civil Society in Southeast Asia

ByRyan Tans
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chapter 18|17 pages

Vernacularising Human Rights in Southeast Asia

ByEdmund Bon Tai Soon, Wong Pui Yi
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chapter 19|17 pages

Civil Society and Environmentalism

Crossing frontiers of activism
ByOliver Pye
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chapter 20|15 pages

Multi-Level Migrant Civil Society Activism in Southeast Asia

ByStefan Rother
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chapter 21|19 pages


Southeast Asia's glocalised 1 civil society landscapes: national topographies and transnational contours
ByDavid Camroux
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