Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and thePacific / Edition 1

Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and thePacific / Edition 1

by Michael E. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262522454

ISBN-13: 9780262522458

Pub. Date: 10/10/1997

Publisher: MIT Press

Ethnic conflict, one of the most serious and widespread problems in the world today, can undermine efforts to promote political and economic development, as well as political, economic, and social justice. It can also lead to violence and open warfare, producing horrifying levels of death and destruction. Although government policies on ethnic issues often have

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Ethnic conflict, one of the most serious and widespread problems in the world today, can undermine efforts to promote political and economic development, as well as political, economic, and social justice. It can also lead to violence and open warfare, producing horrifying levels of death and destruction. Although government policies on ethnic issues often have profound effects on a country, the subject has been neglected by most scholars and analysts.This volume analyzes different policies governments have pursued in their efforts to contend with the tensions inherent in multiethnic societies. The book focuses on Asia and the
Pacific, the most populous and economically vibrant part of the world. The heart of the book is a set of case studies of government policies in sixteen countries:
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the
Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the
Federated States of Micronesia. The studies consider a wide range of political,
economic, educational, linguistic, and cultural policies, and how these policies have evolved over time. Using a broad comparative perspective to assess the effectiveness of different governmental approaches, the authors offer policy recommendations that cut across individual countries and regions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262522458
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/10/1997
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Maps
List of Tables
Introduction1
Ch. 1Diversity, Democracy, and Devolution in India33
Ch. 2Centralization, Authoritarianism, and the Mismanagement of Ethnic Relations in Pakistan83
Ch. 3Government Policy and the Ethnic Crisis in Sri Lanka129
Ch. 4Fifty Years of Failure in Burma167
Ch. 5Cultural Diversity and National Identity in Thailand197
Ch. 6Ethnic Policies and Political Quiescence in Malaysia and Singapore233
Ch. 7Coercion, Co-optation, and the Management of Ethnic Relations in Indonesia273
Ch. 8Ethnicity and Public Policy in the Philippines321
Ch. 9Assimilation and Accommodation in China351
Ch. 10Federalism and Indigenous Peoples in Australia395
Ch. 11Civil Rights, Amelioration, and Reparation in New Zealand421
Ch. 12Culture and Conflict in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and the Federated States of Micronesia457
Ch. 13The Impact of Government Policies on Ethnic Relations511
Suggestions for Further Reading577
Contributors591
Index595
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs608

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