Southeast Asia: The Human Landscape of Modernisation and Development

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Oktober 2002



The revised edition of "Southeast Asia" provides a grounded account of how people in the area are responding to - and being affected by - the changes sweeping through the region. The 'growth' or 'miracle' economies of Southeast Asia, after having achieved one of the most remarkable transformations in recent history, suffered a sharp downturn in fortunes with the Asian economic crisis of 1997. At the same time, the transitional economies of Indochina have undergone a deep process of market reform. This book unpicks the 'miracle' and the 'crisis' and elaborates on the process of reform.
The first section of the book provides the conceptual and empirical background to the later chapters, by examining the various explanations for Asia's rapid growth, the implications of fast-track industrialisation, the causes and interpretations of the economic crisis, and indigenous and alternative visions of development in the region including Buddhist and Islamic economics and the Asian Way. The second section focuses on poverty and social exclusion in the region from standard income-poverty studies to participatory methods that focus on more nuanced notions of deprivation. The third section of the book takes these trajectories down to the level of the padi field and the factory floor and asks a series of questions, including: How do people construct their livelihoods? What processes of marginalisation are evident? What are the emerging relations between rural and urban areas, and between farm and non-farm work? The final section reviews the Southeast Asian growth experience in the light of the many critiques of modernisation.
"Southeast Asia" blends conceptual interpretations of the regionsgrowth (and fall from growth) with case study material drawn from across the region. It uses a wide range of social science literature and presents the complex arguments deployed in an accessible manner. The book challenges our understanding of patterns of change in rural and


Part 1 Southeast Asian Development: The conceptual landscape of dissent 1. Chasing After the Wind: Of miracles and mirages 2. Thinking Alternatively About Development in Southeast Asia Part 2 Marginal People and Marginal Lives: The 'excluded' 3. The Geography of Exclusion: The view from above 4. The Experience of Exclusion Part 3 Change and Interactions in the Rural and Urban Worlds 5. New Rural Worlds: More than soil 6. Factory Worlds 7. Rural-Urban Interactions Part 4 Chasing the Wind: Modernization and development in Southeast Asia 8. Chasing the Wind


'This text should be of great value to those interested in South East Asian development in particular and development studies in general and should stimulate lively debate.' - Geographical Journal 'For the student of Southeast Asia, development studies and development geography, this book provides a wealth of knowledge and insight into the inner workings of one of the world's most interesting and challenging regions. For their teacher, the book encapsulates a series of debates which will provide almost endless material for tutorial discussions' - ASEASUK News 'This book reflects many years of careful scholarship and committed engagement with the region, and, as benefits a Southeast Asianist, a genuine and realistic appreciation of the ways in which development and modernization are appraised by the peoples of Southeast Asia.' - The Geographical Journal, 2005
EAN: 9780415256407
ISBN: 0415256402
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2002
Seitenanzahl: 408 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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