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Primitive accumulation and ‘progress’ in Southeast Asia: the diverse legacies of a common(s) tragedy

Sidel, John T. ORCID: 0000-0002-7230-8210 (2015) Primitive accumulation and ‘progress’ in Southeast Asia: the diverse legacies of a common(s) tragedy. TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 3 (01). pp. 5-23. ISSN 2051-364X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/trn.2014.12


More than any other scholar, James C. Scott has drawn attention to the significance of what Marx termed ‘primitive accumulation’ in the historical transformation of the societies of Southeast Asia. Taking Scott's work as its point of departure, this article sketches the broad contours of primitive accumulation across the region from the mid-nineteenth century up through the early twentieth century. The article shows how primitive accumulation unfolded in different ways in different parts of Southeast Asia and suggests how the different modalities of primitive accumulation have continued to shape the trajectories and parameters of politics across the region to this day.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Institute of East Asian Studies, Sogang University
Divisions: Government
International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > Government
Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:56

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