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Social Cohesion in Asia Historical Origins, Contemporary Shapes and Future Dynamics

Edited By Aurel Croissant, Peter Walkenhorst Copyright 2020
    256 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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 instrumentalised. 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 15 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.

    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


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

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