1st Edition

Culture and Privilege in Capitalist Asia

Edited By Michael Pinches Copyright 1999
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Asian financial crisis has distracted attention from the realities of a growing affluent class in Asia. this latest volume in the New Rich in Asia series the authors examine the cultural reconfiguration, consumer behaviour, economic success and cultural status of the new rich.
    Case studies from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, India and China paint a picture of the real significance of the affluent classes and their effect on national, ethnic and religious restructuring.

    Preface Introduction: Cultural Relations, Class and the New Rich of Asia Michael Pinches Consumtion, Social Differentiation and Self-Definition of the New Rich in Industrialising Southeast Asia Ken Young From Orang Kaya Baru to Melayu Baru: Cultural construction of the Malay 'New Rich' Shamsul A.B. The Contribution of a Japanese Firm to the Cultural Construction of the 'New Rich' in Malaysia Wendy Smith Singapore: Where the New Middle Class Sets the Standard Chua Beng-Huat & Tan Joo Ean The Years of Living Luxuriously: Identity Politics of Indonesia's New Rich Ariel Heryanto The New Rich and Cultural Tensions in Rural Indonesia Hans Antlov How a Revolution Becomes a Dinner Party: Stratification, Mobility and the New Rich in Urban China Christopher Buckley Creating the Thai Middle Class Jim Ockey The State, Globalization and Indian Middle Class Identity Salim Lakha Entrepreneurship, Consumption, Ethnicity and National Identity in the Making of the Philippines' New Rich Michael Pinches


    Michael Pinches

    'This volume is an important contribution to an appreciation not only of the cultures and cultural constructions of the new rich in Asia but also of the poltics of culture in Asia.' - Anthropological Forum