Leisure Activities in Southeast Asia, from Pre-colonial Times to the Present

  • Sarah Moser
  • Esther Clinton
  • Jeremy Wallach


This chapter examines leisure activities practised in Southeast Asia, a region consisting of 11 countries. We have structured the chapter into five main sections. First, we examine the varied influences on pre-colonial Southeast Asian leisure and patterns that demonstrate the regional spread of particular activities. Second, we examine how leisure pursuits shifted during the colonial era as European administrators sought to ‘civilise’ colonial subjects. Third, we investigate the post-colonial era and the ways in which leisure became a key nation-building strategy in states’ attempts to ‘modernise’ the citizenry. Fourth, we outline ways in which globalisation in recent decades has shaped leisure practices in Southeast Asia. Finally, we examine contemporary state-driven attempts to revive indigenous leisure activities.


Leisure Southeast Asia Pre-colonial leisure Colonial leisure Leisure and nation-building Indigenous leisure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Moser
    • 1
  • Esther Clinton
    • 2
  • Jeremy Wallach
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Popular CultureBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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