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Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Development

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law, Fiona Miller


424 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world – hosting a wide range of languages, ethnicities, religions, economies, ecosystems and political systems. Amidst this diversity, however, has been a common desire to develop. This provides a uniting theme across landscapes of difference.

This Handbook traces the uneven experiences that have accompanied development in Southeast Asia. The region is often considered to be a development success story; however, it is increasingly recognized that growth underpinning this development has been accompanied by patterns of inequality, violence, environmental degradation and cultural loss. In 30 chapters, written by established and emerging experts of the region, the Handbook examines development encounters through four thematic sections:

• Approaching Southeast Asian development,

• Institutions and economies of development,

• People and development and

• Environment and development.

The authors draw from national or sub-national case studies to consider regional scale processes of development – tracing the uneven distribution of costs, risks and benefits. Core themes include the ongoing neoliberalization of development, issues of social and environmental justice and questions of agency and empowerment.

This important reference work provides rich insights into the diverse impacts of current patterns of development and in doing so raises questions and challenges for realizing more equitable alternatives. It will be of value to students and scholars of Asian Studies, Development Studies, Human Geography, Political Ecology and Asian Politics.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Approaching Southeast Asian Development

1 Approaching Southeast Asian development

Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law and Fiona Miller

2 What is development in Southeast Asia and who benefits? Progress, power and prosperity

Katharine McKinnon

3 Neoliberalism in Southeast Asia

Simon Springer

4 Aggregate trends, particular stories: tracking and explaining evolving rural livelihoods in Southeast Asia

Jonathan Rigg and Albert Salamanca

5 ‘Nature’ embodied, transformed and eradicated in Southeast Asian development

Victor Savage

PART 2 Development Institutions and Economies in Southeast Asia


Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law and Fiona Miller

6 Neoliberalism and multilateral development organisations in Southeast Asia

Toby Carroll

7 The International Labour Organisation as a Development Actor in Southeast Asia

Michele Ford, Michael Gillan and Htwe Htwe Thein

8 Justice processes and discourses of post-conflict reconciliation in Southeast Asia: the experiences of Cambodia and Timor-Leste

Rachel Hughes

9 Civil society participation in the reformed ASEAN: Reconfiguring development

Kelly Gerard

10 Industrial economies on the edge of Southeast Asian metropoles: from gated to resilient economies

Delik Hudalah and Adiwan Aritenang

11 Community economies in Southeast Asia: a hidden economic geography

Katherine Gibson, Ann Hill and Lisa Law

12 Implications of non-OECD aid in Southeast Asia: The Chinese example

May Tan-Mullins

13 ‘Timeless charm’? Tourism and development in Southeast Asia

John Connell

PART 3 People and Development


Lisa Law, Fiona Miller and Andrew McGregor

14 Family, migration, and the gender politics of care

Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Shirlena Huang

15 Healthcare entitlements for citizens and trans-border mobile peoples in Southeast Asia

Meghann Ormond, Chan Chee Khoon and Sharuna Verghis

16 Migration, development and remittances

Philip Kelly

17 Children, youth and development in Southeast Asia

Harriot Beazley and Jessica Ball

18 Ethnic minorities, indigenous groups and development tensions

Sarah Turner

19 Globalization, regional integration and disability inclusions: insights from rural Cambodia

Alexandra Gartrell and Panharath Hak

20 Religion and development in Southeast Asia

Orlando Woods

21 A feminist political ecology prism on development and change in Southeast Asia

Bernadette P. Resurrección and Ha Nguyen

22 Rethinking rural spaces: decropping the Southeast Asian countryside

Tubtim Tubtim and Philip Hirsch

PART 4 Environment and Development


Fiona Miller, Andrew McGregor and Lisa Law

23 Material, discursive and cultural framings of water in Southeast Asian development

Fiona Miller

24 Agriculture and land in Southeast Asia

Yayoi Fujita Lagerqvist and John Connell

25 Labor, social sustainability and the underlying vulnerabilities of work in Southeast Asia’s seafood value chains

Simon R. Bush, Melissa J. Marschke and Ben Belton

26 Oil palm cultivation as a development vehicle: Exploring the Trade-Offs for Smallholders in East Malaysia

Fadzilah Majid Cooke, Adnan A Hezri, Reza Azmi, Ryan Morent Mukit, Paul D. Jensen and Pauline Deutz

27 Disasters and development in Southeast Asia: Towards equitable resilience and sustainability

Frank Thomalla, Michael Boyland and Emma Calgaro

28 Upscaled climate change mitigation efforts: the role of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia

Noim Uddin and Johan Nylander

29 Can payments for ecosystem services (PES) contribute to sustainable development in Southeast Asia?

Andreas Neef and Chapika Sangkapitux

30 Forest-led development? A more-than-human approach to forests in Southeast Asian development

Andrew McGregor and Amanda Thomas

About the Editors

Andrew McGregor is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a human geographer with interests in political ecology, critical development studies and climate mitigation strategies in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Australia. He is author of Southeast Asian Development (Routledge, 2008).

Lisa Law is Associate Professor at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. She is an urban social geographer with interests in the politics of urban spaces in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia. She is currently Editor in Chief of Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

Fiona Miller is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University, Australia. She is a human geographer with an interest in political ecology, social vulnerability, society-water relations and climate change adaptation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Australia. She is currently Southeast Asian Editor of Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies