Globalization, modernization and colonialism have performed a pivotal function within the social transformation of Southeast Asian societies. The essays during this quantity learn 3 features of this variation: social swap and improvement, the function of intellectuals, faith and cultural values. the quantity honours the celebrated Malaysian sociologist Syed Hussein Alatas and his seminal contributions to the sociology of Southeast Asian societies. they've been written through his current and previous colleagues, associates and scholars. Their contributions, replicate, supplement and expand the effect of his rules on modern learn and social technology scholarship.