Provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the ongoing process of development and societal transformation in a dynamic region of the Third World. Written by a team of specialists from the fields of development studies, sociology and political economy, the book looks at some of the fundamental problems facing South East Asia by addressing the following issues: the social constellations; class, culture and political legitimation; and industrialisation and labour regulation.
Introduction: Changing Realities of Social Transition in Southeast Asia.PART 1: THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DYNAMICS OF SOCIAL CONFLICT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. 1. The Impact of US Strategy: Making Southeast Asia Safe for Capitalism 2. The Custodian State and Social Change - Creating Growth Without Welfare 3. The Emergence of the Middle Classes in Southeast Asia and the Indonesian Case PART 2: CLASSES, CULTURE AND POLITICAL LEGITIMATION 4. Class, Culture and Malaysian Modernity 5. The Legitimacy of the Public Sphere and Culture of the New Urban Middle Class in the Philippines 6. Ethnicity, Class and Human Resource Management in Singapore PART 3: INDUSTRIALISATION AND LABOUR REGULATION 7. The Wage Labour Nexus in Malaysia's Industrial Development 8. The Labour marketing Vietnam: Between State Incorporation and Autonomy 9. Inconsistencies and Enquities in Thai Industralisation 10. Conclusion: Societal Forces and Class Constellations Behind Southeast Asian Capitalism