By Andrew McGregor

Southeast Asia has lengthy interested improvement practitioners and researchers for being one of many few areas of the area that has resisted worldwide tendencies to develop into a winning constructing area. Divided into available thematic chapters, this ebook adopts a special point of view of equitable improvement to stipulate the strengths and weaknesses of the variations occurring within the Southeast Asian quarter. targeting 4 key subject matters: equality and inequality; political freedom and chance; empowerment and participation; and environmental sustainability, those suggestions are used to discover Southeast Asian improvement and hint the affects that the transforming into approval for market-led and grassroots techniques are having upon monetary, political and social approaches. while the range of the zone is emphasised so are a number of the homogenizing developments reminiscent of the focus of wealth and providers in city parts and the next migration of rural humans into city factories and squatter settlements. the continuing commercialization and industrialization of rural agriculture in addition to the growth of non-farm source of revenue incomes possibilities in rural areas, and the alarming premiums of environmental degradation which threaten health and wellbeing and livelihoods also are uncovered. In highlighting how Southeast Asian improvement is inconsistently dispensing wealth, possibilities and dangers in the course of the sector, this publication emphasizes the necessity for inventive new techniques to make sure that merits of improvement are equitably loved through all. together with illustrations, case experiences and extra interpreting, this booklet offers an available updated introductory textual content for college kids and researchers drawn to Southeast Asian improvement, improvement experiences, Asian experiences and geography.

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Hinduism has since fallen from favour but Buddhism remains the dominant religion in mainland Southeast Asia affecting regional interpretations of Setting the scene for development • 23 development (see, for example, the Thai king’s Buddhist vision of a sufficiency economy discussed in Chapter 5). International trade accelerated from the fifteenth century onwards (see Reid 1992). Improvements in shipping technology saw more boats being built that were able to travel longer distances and carry heavier loads.

This chapter explores the evolution of Southeast Asia up until the independence period and looks at the types of development challenges independent states inherited from previous eras. Attention is directed to indigenous empires and their early contact with foreign powers, the influence of pre-colonial European contact upon international trade routes through the region, and the later more formal period of European colonialism. It was during these periods that the territorial boundaries of modern Southeast Asian states were delineated, their positions within global economies confirmed, and the early roots of modern geographic and social inequality were emerging.

1997) Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last. London: Intermediate Technology Publications. For introductions to post-development thinking see: Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Power, M. (2003) Rethinking Development Geographies. London: Routledge. Useful websites The United Nations Human Development Programme website and reports. org/ 2 Setting the scene for development: pre-colonial and colonial Southeast Asia Introduction Development, in its most recent incarnation, began spreading to Southeast Asia in the wake of the Second World War.

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