"Disrupted" historical trajectories and indigenous agency

Rethinking imperial impact in Southeast Asian history

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Abstract

This article explores the intellectual dilemma of reconciling Southeast Asia's imperial past and colonial legacy with the realities and validity of indigenous agency. By critiquing notions of disrupted historical trajectories, this paper attempts to move Southeast Asian studies away from reified and teleologically confining narratives of imperial determinism while simultaneously negotiating the risks associated with overly discursive and relativistic approaches to colonial pasts. In conclusion, the paper offers a unique perspective on historical inquiry, which offers an alternative to the strictures of teleological history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-285
Number of pages12
JournalSojourn
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

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"Disrupted" historical trajectories and indigenous agency : Rethinking imperial impact in Southeast Asian history. / Hawkins, Michael C.

In: Sojourn, Vol. 22, No. 2, 10.2007, p. 274-285.

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