Sidel, John


Professor John Sidel  

Department

Position held

Department of Government

Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics

Department of International Relations

Experience keywords:

revolutions; Southeast Asia; democratization; Indonesia; terrorism; nationalism; religion; Philippines; Islam; violence; development; local politics

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Professor Sidel’s research interests have largely focused on Southeast Asia and the Philippines and Indonesia in particular, but in recent years his research has extended more broadly across the developing world and to the role of Islam in world politics. His research has focused on topics as varied as local politics, religious violence, nationalism, revolutions, and the role of coalitions in promoting economic reform in the developing world.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Philippines; Indonesia

Languages:

Cebuano [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Indonesian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Russian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Swedish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Tagalog [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

RadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6032

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

2014

Sidel, John T. (2014) The Philippines in 2013: disappointment, disgrace, disaster Asian Survey, 54 (1). 64-70. ISSN 0004-4687

Sidel, John (2014) Dangers and demon(izer)s of democratization in Egypt: through an Indonesian glass, darkly In: Gerges, Fawaz A., (ed.) The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 226-256. ISBN 9781107028630

Sidel, John T. (2014) Economic foundations of subnational authoritarianism: insights and evidence from qualitative and quantitative research Democratization, 21 (1). 161-184. ISSN 1351-0347

2013

Sidel, John (2013) Nationalism in post-independence Southeast Asia: a comparative analysis In: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism. Oxford handbooks in history. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 472-494. ISBN 9780199209194

2012

Sidel, John (2012) From cyberjihad to Habermas: understanding Muslim identity and resistance online LSE Review of Books (18 Jun 2012) Blog entry

Sidel, John (2012) The fate of nationalism in the new states: Southeast Asia in comparative historical perspective Comparative Studies in Society and History, 54 (01). 114-144. ISSN 0010-4175

2009

Sidel, John (2009) Walking in the shadow of the big man: Junstiniano Montano and failed dynasty building in Cavite 1935-1972 In: McCoy, Alfred W., (ed.) An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines. New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, USA, 109-162. ISBN 9780299229849

2008

Sidel, John (2008) The manifold meanings of displacement: explaining inter-religious violence, 1999-2001 In: Hedman, Eva-Lotta E., (ed.) Conflict, Violence, and Displacement in Indonesia. Studies on Southeast Asia (45). Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, 29-59. ISBN 9780877277750

Sidel, John (2008) Jihad and the specter of transnational Islam in Southeast Asia: a comparative historical perspective In: Tagliacozzo, Eric, (ed.) Southeast Asia and the Middle East: Islam, Movement, and the Longue Durée. Contemporary issues in Asia and Pacific. Stanford University Press, Stanford, USA, 275-318. ISBN 9780804761338

Sidel, John (2008) The Islamist threat in Southeast Asia: much ado about nothing? Asian Affairs, 16 (3). 339-351. ISSN 0306-8374

Sidel, John (2008) Social origins of dictatorship and democracy revisited: colonial state and Chinese immigrant in the making of modern Southeast Asia Comparative Politics, 40 (2). 127-147. ISSN 0010-4159

2007

Sidel, John (2007) From Russia with love? Indonesia, 84. 161-172. ISSN 0019-7289

Sidel, John (2007) Indonesia: migrants, migrant workers, refugees, and the new citizenship law United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sidel, John (2007) It's not getting worse: terrorism is declining in Asia Global Asia, 2 (3). 41-49. ISSN 1976-068X

Sidel, John (2007) The Islamist threat in Southeast Asia: a reassessment Policy studies (37). East-West Center Washington, Washington D.C., USA. ISBN 9789812304896

Sidel, John (2007) On the 'anxiety of incompleteness': a post-structuralist approach to religious violence in Indonesia South East Asia Research, 15 (2). 133-212. ISSN 0967-828X

2006

Sidel, John (2006) Riots, pogroms, jihad: religious violence in Indonesia Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y., USA. ISBN 9780801445156

2004

Sidel, John (2004) Bossism and democracy in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia: towards an alternative framework for the study of 'local strongmen' In: Harriss, John and Stokke, Kristin and Tornquist, Olle, (eds.) Politicising Democracy: the New Local Politics of Democratisation. International political economy series. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 51-74. ISBN 9781403934819

2003

Sidel, John (2003) Liberalism, communism, islam: transnational motors of 'nationalist' struggles in Southeast Asia The Newsletter (32). 23-23. ISSN 0929-8738

Sidel, John (2003) Review of "Surabaya, city of work: a socioeconomic history, 1900-2000" Indonesia, 76. 205-209. ISSN 0019-7289

Sidel, John (2003) Other schools, other pilgrimages, other dreams: the making and unmaking of 'jihad' in Southeast Asia In: Siegel, James T. and Kahin, Audrey R., (eds.) Southeast Asia Over Three Generations: Essays Presented to Benedict R. O'g. Anderson. Studies on Southeast Asia (36). Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, 347-382. ISBN 9780877277354

2002

Sidel, John (2002) Indonesia: internal and external displacement, November 2001 - August 2002 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

2001

Sidel, John (2001) Riots, church burnings, conspiracies In: Wessel, Ingrid and Wimhofer, Georgia, (eds.) Violence in Indonesia. Abera Verlag, Hamburg, Germany, 64-81. ISBN 9783934376168

Sidel, John (2001) 'It takes a madrasah'?: Habermas meets Bourdieu in Indonesia South East Asia Research, 9 (1). 109-122. ISSN 0967-828X

Sidel, John (2001) Response to Ileto: or, why I am not an Orientalist Philippine Political Science Journal, 23 (1). 109-122. ISSN 0115-4451

Sidel, John (2001) Indonesia: the limits of democratization and decentralization, January 2000 - October 2001 WriteNet papers, 04/2001. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

2000

Hedman, Eva-Lotta E. and Sidel, John (2000) Philippine politics and society in the twentieth century: colonial legacies, post-colonial trajectories Politics in Asia. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415147903

Sidel, John (2000) Filipino gangsters in film, legend and history: two biographical case studies from Cebu In: McCoy, Alfred W., (ed.) Lives at the Margin: Biography of Filipinos Obscure, Ordinary, and Heroic. Monograph series (19). University of Wisconsin Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Madison, USA, 149-191. ISBN 9781881261261

1999

Sidel, John (1999) Indonesia update: trends toward consolidation, threats of disintegration (January-December 1999) WriteNet papers, 18/1999. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sidel, John (1999) The usual suspects: Nardong Putik, Don Pepe Oyson, and Robin Hood In: Rafael, Vicente L., (ed.) Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Colonial Vietnam. Studies on Southeast Asia (25). Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, 70-94. ISBN 9780877277248

Sidel, John (1999) Capital, coercion, and crime: bossism in the Philippines Contemporary issues in Asia & the Pacific. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, USA. ISBN 9780804737463

1998

Sidel, John (1998) Macet total: logics of circulation and accumulation in the demise of Indonesia's new order Indonesia, 66. 159-194. ISSN 0019-7289

Sidel, John (1998) The underside of progress: land, labor, and violence in two Philippine growth zones, 1985-1995 Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, 30 (1). 3-12. ISSN 0007-4810

Sidel, John (1998) Take the money and run?: 'personality' politics in the post-Marcos Philippines Up Public Policy Journal , 2 (3). 27-38. ISSN 0118-0878

Sidel, John (1998) Indonesia update: transition and its discontents, July - November 1998 WriteNet papers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sidel, John (1998) Indonesia: economic, social and political dimensions of the current crisis WriteNet papers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sidel, John (1998) Crisis and transition, catastrophe and progress. Update to 'Indonesia: economic, social and political dimensions of the current crisis' WriteNet papers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sidel, John (1998) Murder Inc., Cavite: capitalist development and political gangsterism in a Philippine province In: Trocki, Carl A., (ed.) Gangsters, Democracy, and the State in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia program series (17). Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, 55-80. ISBN 9780877271345

1997

Sidel, John (1997) Dark play: notes on a Balinese massacre Indonesia, 63. 187-194. ISSN 0019-7289

Sidel, John (1997) Philippine politics in town, district, and province: bossism in Cavite and Cebu The Journal of Asian Studies, 57 (4). 947-966. ISSN 0021-9118

Sidel, John (1997) Rewind, pause, fast forward: viewing the ongoing political transition in Indonesia; 1996-97 EIAS briefing paper series, 97/01. European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, Belgium.

1996

Sidel, John (1996) Siam and its twin?: democratisation and bossism in contemporary Thailand and the Philippines IDS Bulletin, 27 (2). 36-52. ISSN 0265-5012

1995

Sidel, John (1995) On the waterfront: labour racketeering in the Port of Cebu South East Asia Research, 3 (1). 3-17. ISSN 0967-828X

Sidel, John (1995) The Philippines: the languages of legitimation In: Alagappa, Muthiah, (ed.) Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia: the Quest for Moral Authority. Contemporary issues in Asia and the Pacific. Stanford University Press, Stanford, USA, 136-169. ISBN 9780804725040

1993

Sidel, John (1993) Walking in the shadow of the big man: Junstiniano Montano and failed dynasty building in Cavite 1935-1972 In: McCoy, Alfred W., (ed.) An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines. Monograph series (10). University of Wisconsin Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Madison, USA, 109-161. ISBN 9781881261087


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