Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia

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Asia, the location of the world’s fastest-growing economies, is also home to some of the fastest rates of urbanization humanity has ever seen, a process whose speed renders long-term outcomes highly unpredictable. This volume contrasts with much published work on the rural/urban divide, which has tended to focus on single case studies. It provides empirical perspectives from four Asian countries: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, and includes a wealth of insights that both critique and expand popular ...

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Overview

Asia, the location of the world’s fastest-growing economies, is also home to some of the fastest rates of urbanization humanity has ever seen, a process whose speed renders long-term outcomes highly unpredictable. This volume contrasts with much published work on the rural/urban divide, which has tended to focus on single case studies. It provides empirical perspectives from four Asian countries: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, and includes a wealth of insights that both critique and expand popular notions of the rural-urban divide. The volume is relevant not just to Asian contexts but to social scientific research on population dynamics more generally.

Rather than deploying a single study to chart national trends, three chapters on each country make possible much more complex perspectives. As a result, this volume does more than extend our understanding of the interplay between cities and hinterlands within Asia. It enhances our notions of rural/urban cleavages, connections and conflicts more generally, with data and analysis ready for application to other contexts. Of interest to diverse scholars across the social sciences and Asian studies, this work includes accounts ranging from rural youth real estate entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, India, to social development in Aceh province in Indonesia, devastated by the 2004 tsunami, to the relationship between urban space and commonly held notions of the supernatural in Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book has something for everyone interested in urban-rural interactions in contemporary Asia. It presents case studies from a number of Asian countries, and from different disciplinary perspectives. This diversity of approaches lends vitality to the book, and exposes the reader – from whatever intellectual background – to new and challenging ideas”.

Professor Gavin W. Jones Director, JY Pillai Comparative Asia Research Centre, Global Asia Institute,
National University of Singapore

"There is a growing acknowledgment that urbanization is perhaps the most important dynamic in this century, and Asia is where it is taking place at the fastest pace. This book makes an important contribution to bringing up to date the literature on rural-urban linkages and helps understand current transformations in the region and the tensions underlying them. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexity of urbanization dynamics in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand."
Cecilia Tacoli PhD Human Settlements Group International Institute for Environment and Development

Cecilia Tacoli PhD Human Settlements Group International Institute for Environment and Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789400754812
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Series: ARI - Springer Asia Series, #3
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Place, society and politics across urban and rural Asia:Eric C. Thompson, Tim Bunnell and D. Parthasarathy.- PART I: INDIA: CHAPTER 2: Rural, Urban, Regional: Re-Spatializing Capital and Politics in India: D. Parthasarathy.- CHAPTER 3: Rural youth as real estate entrepreneurs in globalizing Hyderabad: Anant Maringanti.- CHAPTER 4: Livelihoods and Development: Socio-economic Exclusion in Mumbai’s Hinterland: Stephen Louw and Parthsarathi Mondal.- PART II: INDONESIA: CHAPTER 5: Regional governance in decentralizing Indonesia: Learning from the success of inter-local government cooperation in Metropolitan Yogyakarta: Fikri Zul Fahmi, Delik Hudalah and Tommy Firman.- CHAPTER 6: Urban-Rural Connections: Banda Aceh through Conflict, Tsunami and Decentralization: Michelle Ann Miller and Tim Bunnell.- CHAPTER 7: Urbanization without development: The cases of Cirebon and Gresik on Java’s North Coast: Riwanto Tirtosudarmo: PART III: MALAYSIA.- CHAPTER 8: Sense of place and the politics of ‘insider-ness’ in villages undergoing transition: the case of city kampung on Penang island
: Suriati Ghazali.- CHAPTER 9: Gender and the interplay of rural and urban: A Malaysian case: Maila Stivens.- CHAPTER 10: Urban Cosmopolitan Chauvinism and the Politics of Rural Identity: Eric C. Thompson: PART IV: THAILAND: CHAPTER 11: Gendered Nation and Classed Modernity: The Perceptions of Mia Farang (Foreigners’ Wives) in Thai Society: Sirijit Sunanta.- CHAPTER 12: Redrawing Thai Political Space: The Red-shirt Movement: Chairat Charoensin-o-larn.- CHAPTER 13: The City as Promise and Ruin: The supernatural and urban change in Chiang Mai: Andrew Johnson.

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