This title was first published in 2002.The region of Southeast Asia has been one of the focal points for study in academic circles. Most of the studies concentrate on the economic development but social development received relatively lesser attention. The region has undergone a period of rapid transition and development in various aspects, such as education, social security, poverty reduction, labour protection, health, social structure and politics. The financial crisis in 1997 has posed a serious threat to most of the countries and territories in the region, and unavoidably affected the social development achieved in the past decades. This text is dedicated to examining the development and achievement of various social aspects in the region. It discusses the challenges and potential of this region in the twenty-first century. It is of considerable reference value and benefits those who want to have an overview and critical understanding of the issues of social development in Southeast Asia.
’By focusing on the challenges facing the East Asian nations in the new millennium, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of how economic development and social policies can be harmonized to promote the welfare of all. It deserves to be widely read.’ James Midgley, Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean of the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, USA ’The book outlines, in a refreshingly useful manner, the social mosaic of Southeast Asia. It includes chapters on politics, civil society, globalization, the economy, gender, and social policy. Some authors outline the challenges facing the region as a whole. Others focus on individual countries or territories. All share a common concern about the future well being of the region.’ Glenn Drover, Dalhousie University, Canada
Contents: Society and Politics: Integrating ASEAN and fragmenting ARF in a subregional and regional context, Kwan Kwok Leung; Civil society in Southeast Asia: cases of Singapore and Malaysia, Ming Sing; Constructing the ’China Circle’ in China and Southeast Asia: state policy, the presence of Chinese overseas and globalization, Pak Nung Wong; Gender and development in post-crisis Southeast Asia, Vivienne Wee: Economy and Labour: Emergence of a global economy in Southeast Asia: 1990s and beyond, Moha Asri Abdullah and Raymond K.H. Chan; Labour standards in the Southeast Asian region: retreats and advances, Duncan Campbell and Dorothea Schmidt; : Social Policy: The welfare system in Southeast Asia: development and challenges, Raymond K.H. Chan; Social security and safety net development in Southeast Asia amongst the Asian financial crisis, Raymond M.H. Ngan; Educational developments in Southeast Asia under the global impact of marketization, David K.K. Chan; Full equality and inclusion for people with a disability: strategies for the new Millennium in Southeast Asian countries, Joseph K.F. Kwok; Review and Prospect: Globalization, Inequality and Governance, Kevin Hewison. Index.
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