Publisher’s Accolade for Outstanding Production Value
Annette Miae Kim, Sidewalk City. Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
The University of Chicago Press in cooperation with Annette Miae Kim have with Sidewalk City succeeded in combining ethnography and cartography to portray life on the sidewalks in Ho Chi Minh City.
Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-Specialist Reader Accolade
Peter A. Jackson, First Queer Voices from Thailand: Uncle Go’s Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2016.
First Queer Voices from Thailand revisits Thailand’s queer culture mediated by personal letters. It is a must read for both Thai specialists and non-specialists alike.
Specialist Publication Accolade
Jan Breman, Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market. Profits from an Unfree Work Regime in Colonial Java. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015.
A fascinatingly persuasive history of how coffee became a commodity in shaping the emergence of a global market and the making of ‘an unfree’ labour regime in colonial Java.
Teaching Tool Accolade
Richard von Glahn, The Economic History of China. From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
The Economic History of China is both a resourceful and comprehensive study of the economic history of China and an extremely useful teaching tool.
Ground-Breaking Subject Matter Accolade
Serhat Ünaldi, Working Towards the Monarchy. The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016.
Working Towards the Monarchy is a major contribution, relevant not only to those interested in Thailand but also to political scientists studying the phenomenon monarchy.
Edited Volume Accolade
Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies (eds.), Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia. Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations. London/New York: Routledge, 2015.
The scholarly quality of the individual chapters and their deep understanding of the public discourse on sex in Indonesia contribute to a general discussion beyond its regional focus.