Kingsbury, Damien 2016, Southeast Asia. In Stone, J., Rutledge, D., Rizova, P., Smith, A. and Hou, X. (ed), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism, Wiley, Chichester, Eng.00, doi: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen311.
Southeast Asia occupies the mainland area east of India and south of China, as well as the archipelago between the mainland and Australia, west of the Pacific Ocean. The region is self-identified by its geographic proximity, although cultural commonalities across the region occur mostly at the level of consensus gentium rather than as an overarching mode of regional distinction. Its peoples derive from a broad East Asian racial grouping, dividing primarily along linguistic lines into four families of languages. These linguistic families thereafter quickly devolve into hundreds of ethnic groups, many of which have been bound together in postcolonial states that, to various degrees, comply or otherwise with precolonial polities. While some states have a strong sense of coherent national identity, others have had to consciously construct such an identity, with varying degrees of success and not a little resistance.
Field of Research
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific
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