Hi, I'm Charles Brophy and this blog is a repository for my writings on the history and politics of Southeast Asia, from essays to book reviews and notes.

My interests are diverse but are particularly based around:

  • Peripheral capitalist development within Southeast Asia – with a particular focus upon capitalist transformation through processes of passive revolution and the relationship between capitalist states and subaltern groups, particularly through the reproduction of capitalist subsistence economies.
  • History of political thought – particularly socialist thought in Southeast Asia, socialist debates on ethnicity and multi-culturalism in the context of the national question in Malaysia, and broader debates on liberalism and ethnicity in the region.
  • The history of political populism in the region – with a particular focus on the role of elite conflict and the changing dynamics of capitalist political economy.

More broadly I maintain an interest in continental political philosophy around questions of power and the political, as well as an interest in technology and free software.

This blog is made using Ghost and hosted via Google Cloud.