Civil Society Elites: Field Studies from Cambodia and Indonesia


What does civil society look like in Indonesia and Cambodia, and who are civil society elites? In this podcast interview, editors of the recently published NIAS Press edited volume Civil Society Elites. Field Studies from Cambodia and Indonesia, Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Amalinda Savirani and Anders Uhlin dive into the themes of their book, as well as the processes and experiences of their research. Interviewed by Fanny Töpper, this episode explores the dynamics within civil society groups, highlighting their social and political roles and the power relations within them.

Civil Society Elites is the first systematic study of civil society elites in Southeast Asia (and indeed anywhere in the world).

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Astrid Norén-Nilsson is a senior lecturer at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of contemporary Cambodia.

Amalinda Savirani is an associate professor at the Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She has published widely on civil society movements in Indonesia.

Anders Uhlin is Professor of Political Science at Lund University. His research centres on civil society activism, particularly in Southeast Asia.

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