Social Cohesion in Asia: Historical Origins, Contemporary Shapes and Future Dynamics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Cohesion in Asia

Historical Origins, Contemporary Shapes and Future Dynamics, 1st Edition

Edited by Aurel Croissant, Peter Walkenhorst


288 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367280789
pub: 2019-12-18
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This book explores the historical origins, contemporary dynamics and future challenges of social cohesion in South, Southeast and East Asia—one of the most dynamic and at the same time heterogeneous regions in the world, in terms of economic, political and human development.

The comparative case studies in this volume develop a better understanding of social cohesion in Asia by exploring how social cohesion is understood, analyzed and sometimes politically instrumentalized. Examining different dimensions and qualities of social cohesion and how they are linked together, it also discusses the challenges of social cohesion in individual societies. The case studies include examples from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea and Mainland China and building on the conceptual work and empirical findings of the Asian Social Cohesion Radar, this book provides detailed cross-country analyses over the past fifteen years.

Combining rigorous conceptual and theoretical reasoning with a systematic empirical analysis of trends across the region, Social Cohesion in Asia will be of great interest to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations, political sociology, comparative politics and Democratization Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Social Cohesion in Asia- An Introduction, Aurel Croissant and Peter Walkenhorst

2. Social Cohesion and Welfare Reforms- The Chinese Approach, Ka Ho Mok and Yuyang Kang

3. The Leviathan and its Muscular Management of Social Cohesion in Singapore, Pravin Prakash

4. South Korea: A triple paradox of social cohesion, Aurel Croissant and Jung-eun Kim

5. Fragmented society, stable democracy: the Indian paradox, Subrata Mitra

6. Bangladesh: Holding Together a Low Cohesion Society, Ali Riaz

7. Achieving Unity in Extreme Diversity? Social Cohesion in Indonesia, Patrick Ziegenhain

8. Religious Mobilisation, Ethnic Conflict and the Problem of Trust: Social Cohesion in Democratising Myanmar, Marco Bünte

9. Sri Lanka – The Dark Side of Social Cohesion in Divided Societies, Christoph Trinn

10. Conclusions: Globalization, Inequality, Democracy and Social Cohesion in Asia, Aurel Croissant

About the Editors

Aurel Croissant is Professor of Political Science at Heidelberg University, Germany.

Peter Walkenhorst is Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics

Books in this series will cover such areas as political institutions and systems, political economy, political culture, political thought, political psychology, public administration, law, and political histories of Asia. The studies may deal with Asia as a whole, a single country, or a group of countries in Asia. Those studies that have a clear comparative edge are especially welcome."

The Editorial Board:

Alice Ba, University of Delaware, USA

Mark Beeson, University of Murdoch, Australia
Jennifer Bussell, University of California at Berkeley, USA
William Callahan, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Nobuhiro Hiwatari, University of Tokyo, Japan
Jia Qingguo, Peking University, China

Jin Canrong, Renmin University, China
David Kang, University of Southern California, USA

Peter Moody, Notre Dame University, USA
Mariya Y. Omelicheva, University of Kansas, USA
Naveed Sheikh, University of Keele, UK
Narendra Subramanian, McGill University, Canada

Rina Williams, University of Cincinnati, USA

Brian Woodall, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Quansheng Zhao, American University, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies