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Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia

The Social Production of Civic Spaces, 1st Edition

Edited by Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho, Giok Ling Ooi


294 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia presents a detailed examination of the underlying issues of urban life in the Far East.

Leading authorities on globalization and politics in the region cover key themes of continuity and change:

  • relationships between civil society and the production of urban spaces. Chapters focus on various types of ‘civic spaces’ that provide spaces for life that are autonomous from state and capital
  • ten case studies explore a wide variety of contexts ranging from spaces where lower classes congregated in ancient Chinese cities to cyberspaces of the contemporary internet
  • the history and role of civil society in social and political philosophies of societies in the Pacific Asia region
  • tendencies and issues related to specific types of civic spaces in a given city. Several studies find that great stress has been placed on long-standing community and civic spaces
  • common themes, patterns and issues as well as singularities of each particular context. In this way it can contribute to the broader (mostly Western) literature on society and space
  • the future of cities in Pacific Asia from the perspective of civic space. Can civic spaces be routinely created rather than appropriated through civil society-state-economy struggles?

Most research on globalization and civil society has focused on the West, this unique book brings together a tight analysis and a series of ten case studies on Pacific Asian countries. It also theorizes and empirically explores the relationships between civil society and the production of urban spaces.

Table of Contents

List of figures List of tables List of contributors Preface Acknowledgements Copyright Acknowledgements 1. Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho and Giok Ling Ooi 2. Civil Society for Itself and in the Public Sphere –– Comparative Research on Globalization, Cities and Civic Space in Pacific Asia Mike Douglass 3. Governing Cities: Civic Spaces, Civil Society and Urban Politics K.C. Ho 4. State-Society Relations, the City and Civic Space Giok Ling Ooi 5. Chinese Public Space: A Brief Account Heng Chye Kiang 6. Mosques as a Type of Civic Space in Turbulent Times: A Case Study of Globalizing Kuala Lumpur Morshidi Sirat and Atikullah Hj. Abdullah 7. Civic Space and Integration in Chinese Peri-Urban Villages Michael Leaf and Samantha Anderson 8. The Pavement as Civic Space: History and Dynamics in the City of Hanoi David Koh 9. Changing Community Relations and Emerging Civic Spaces in Shanghai Hanlong Lu 10. From Street Corners to Plaza: The Production of Festive Civic Space in Central Seoul Myungrae Cho 11. Transient Civic Spaces in Jakarta Demopolis Merlyna Lim 12. Creating New Civic Realms in a Global City-State Limin Hee 13. Bangkok’s Sanam Luang (The Royal Ground): From a Historic Plaza to a Civic Space Pornparn Boonchuen 14. International Meetings and Dissent: The city as political space for global issues Joseph Boski

About the Editors

Mike Douglass is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii, USA.

K.C. Ho is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

Giok Ling Ooi is Professor at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also Adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies.

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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