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Southeast Asian Development

Edited by Jonathan Rigg

© 2007 – Routledge

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The eleven countries that make up the Southeast Asian region provide a rich and diverse context in which to view the development process and experience. The region spans different cultural contexts, colonial experiences, and economic experiments, and is home to some of the world’s most successful developing economies—the so-styled Asian ‘miracle’ economies—and also some which fall into the UN designation of ‘least developed’.

This new three-volume collection, from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences series, is guided by a broad definition of ‘development’ and does not limit itself to development economics or even to development studies. Papers on development issues by anthropologists, historians, sociologists, geographers, political scientists, as well as by economists are represented in the volumes. The works are ordered not by disciplinary orientation (economics, anthropology, history, etc.) or by chronology (colonial, postcolonial, and so on) but, predominantly, by context and theme, to enable the intellectual progression of debates regarding, for example, the nature of rural society and rural development, to be more easily identified. The structure and range of works included within Southeast Asian Development ensure that it will be an invaluable reference resource for students and scholars alike.

Table of Contents



1. John R. W. Smail (1961) ‘The Possibility of an Autonomous History of Southeast Asia’, Journal of Southeast Asian History, 2(2)

2. Anthony Reid (1993) ‘Continuities and Changes’, Southeast Asia in the age of commerce 1450–1680: Expansion and Crisis (New Haven: Yale University Press), pp. 326–30

3. Benedict Anderson (1991) ‘Census, Map, Museum’, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso), pp. 163–85

4. Harold C. Conklin (1954) ‘An Ethnoecological Approach to Shifting Agriculture’, New York Academy of Sciences, Transactions, 17: 133–42

5. Thongchai Winichakul (1994) ‘The Coming of a New Geography’, Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-body of a Nation (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), pp. 37–61

6. J. S. Furnivall (1939) ‘Plural Economy’, Netherlands India: A Study of Plural Economy (Cambridge University Press), pp. 446–69

7. R. H. Taylor (1995) ‘Disaster or Release? J. S. Furnivall and the Bankruptcy of Burma’, Modern Asian Studies, 29(1): 45–63

8. J. H. Boeke (1966) ‘Dualistic Economics’, Indonesian Economics: The Concept of Dualism in Theory and Practice (The Hague: W. van Hoeve), pp. 167–92

9. B. H. Higgins (1964) ‘Southeast Asian Society: Dual or Multiple: Comment’, Journal of Asian Studies, 23: 417–23

10. Manning Nash (1964) ‘Southeast Asian Society: Dual or Multiple?’, Journal of Asian Studies, 23: 417–23

11. A. H. Fenichel and W. G. Huff (1975) ‘Colonialism and the Economic System of an Independent Burma’, Modern Asian Studies, 9(3), 321–35


Pre-Capitalist Rural Societies

12. Eric R. Wolf (1967) ‘Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java’, in Jack M. Potter, May N. Diaz, and George M. Foster (eds.), Peasant Society: A Reader (Boston: Little, Brown and Company), pp. 230–46

13. Eric R. Wolf (1986) ‘The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community’, American Ethnologist, 13(2): 325–9

14. Katherine A. Bowie (1992) ‘Unraveling the Myth of the Subsistence Economy: Textile Production in Nineteenth-Century Northern Thailand’, Journal of Asian Studies, 51(4): 797–823

Rural Society, Colonialism, and Capitalism

15. Clifford Geertz (1984) ‘Culture and Social Change: The Indonesian Case’, Man, 19: 511–32

16. John A. Larkin (1971) ‘The Causes of an Involuted Society: A Theoretical Approach to Rural Southeast Asia’, Journal of Asian Studies, 30: 783–95

17. James C. Scott and Ben Kerkvliet (1973) ‘The Politics of Survival: Peasant Response to "Progress" in Southeast Asia’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 4: 241–68

18. Samuel Popkin (1976) ‘Corporatism and Colonialism: Political Economy of Rural Change in Vietnam’, Comparative Politics, 8: 431–64

19. Samuel Popkin (1979) The Rational Peasant: The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press) (extract)

20. Amri Baharuddin Shamsul (1979) ‘The Development of Underdevelopment of the Malaysian Peasantry’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 9: 434–54

Rural Spaces and Rural People under Conditions of Modernity

21. James C. Scott (1985) ‘History According to Winners and Losers’, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (New Haven: Yale University Press), pp. 138–64, 178–83

22. James C. Scott and B. J. de Tria Kerkvliet (1986) (eds.) Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance in South-East Asia (London: John Cass) (extract)

23. Gillian Hart (1992) ‘Household Production Reconsidered: Gender, Labor Conflict, and Technological Change in Malaysia’s Muda Region’, World Development, 20(6): 809–23

24. Jan Breman (1995) ‘Work and Life of the Rural Proletariat in Java’s Coastal Plain’, Modern Asian Studies, 29(1): 1–44

25. Jonathan Rigg and Sakunee Nattapoolwat (2001) ‘Embracing the Global in Thailand: Activism and Pragmatism in an Era of De-Agrarianisation’, World Development, 29(6): 945–60


Urbanization and Urban Growth

26. Terry McGee (1976) ‘Beach Heads and Enclaves: The Urban Debate and the Urbanization Process in Southeast Asian Countries’, in Y. M. Yeung and C. P. Low (eds.), Changing Southeast Asian cities: Readings on Urbanization (extract)

27. T. G. McGee (1991) ‘The Emergence of Desakota Regions in Asia: Expanding A Hypothesis’, in Norton Ginsburg, Bruce Koppel, and T. G. McGee (eds.), The Extended Metropolis: Settlement Transition in Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), pp. 3–25

28. Bruce Koppel (1991) ‘The Rural–Urban Dichotomy Reexamined: Beyond the Ersatz Debate?’, in Norton Ginsburg, Bruce Koppel, and T. G. McGee (eds), The Extended Metropolis: Settlement Transition in Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), pp. 47–70

Urban, Peri-Urban, and Industrial Lives and Livelihoods

29. Dean K. Forbes (1981) ‘Production, Reproduction and Underdevelopment: Petty Commodity Producers in Ujung Pandang, Indonesia’, Environment and Planning, A13: 841–56

30. Daniel T. Sicular (1991) ‘Pockets of Peasants in Indonesian Cities: The Case of Scavengers’, World Development, 19(2/3): 137–61

31. Hal Hill (1991) ‘The Emperor’s Clothes Can Now be Made in Indonesia’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 27(3): 89–127

32. Sylvia Chant and Cathy McIlwaine (1995) ‘Gender and Export Manufacturing in the Philippines: Continuity or Change in Female Employment? The Case of the Mactan Export Processing Zone’, Gender, Place and Culture, 2(2): 147–76

33. Peter Hancock (1997) ‘The Walking Ghosts of West Java’, Inside Indonesia, July–Sept.: 16–19

34. Peter Hancock (2001) ‘Rural Women Earning Income in Indonesian Factories: The Impact on Gender Relations’, Gender and Development, 9(1): 18–24

35. Aihwa Ong (1997) ‘The Gender and Labor Politics of Postmodernity’, in David Lloyd and Lisa Lowe (eds.), The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Durham: Duke University Press), pp. 61–97

36. Joel S. Kahn (1975) ‘Economic Scale and the Cycle of Petty Commodity Production in West Sumatra’, in Maurice Block (ed.) Marxist Analyses and Social Anthropology (London: Malaby Press), pp. 137–58

37. P. F. Kelly (2003) ‘Urbanization and the Politics of Land in the Manila Region’, Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Sciences, 590(1): 170–87


Development and Developmental States

38. H. Myint (1967) ‘The Inward and Outward Looking Countries of Southeast Asia’, Malayan Economic Review, 31(1): 20–52

39. A. Leftwich (1995) ‘Bringing Politics Back In: Towards a Model of the Developmental State’, Journal of Development Studies, 31: 400–27

40. Linda Low (2001) ‘The Singapore Developmental State in the New Economy and Polity’, Pacific Review, 14(3): 411–42

41. W. G. Huff (1995) ‘The Developmental State, Government, and Singapore Economic-Development Since 1960’, World Development, 23(8): 1421–38

42. K. S. Jomo (1984) ‘Malaysia’s New Economic Policy: A Class Perspective’, Pacific Viewpoint, 25(2): 153–72

Asian Miracle and Asian Crisis

43. John M. Page (1994) ‘The East Asian Miracle: An Introduction’, World Development, 22(4): 615–25

44. Alice H. Amsden (1994) ‘Why isn’t the Whole World Experimenting with the East Asian Model to Develop? Review of The East Asian Miracle’, World Development, 22(4): 627–33

45. Dwight H. Perkins (1994) ‘There Are at Least Three Models of East Asian Development’, World Development, 22(4): 655–61

46. Paul Krugman (1994) ‘The Myth of Asia’s Miracle’, Foreign Affairs, 73(6): 62–78

47. Benedict Anderson (1998) ‘From Miracle to Crash’, London Review of Books, 16 Apr., pp. 3–7

48. Robert Wade (1998) ‘From "Miracle" to "Cronyism": Explaining the Great Asian Slump’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 22(6): 693–706

49. K. S. Jomo (2001) ‘Rethinking the Role of Government Policy in Southeast Asia’, in Joseph Stiglitz and Shahid Yusuf (eds.) Rethinking the East Asian Miracle (New York: World Bank and Oxford University Press), pp. 461–508


Poverty, Affluence, and Inequality

50. Rex Mortimer (1973) Showcase State: The Illusion of Indonesia’s Accelerated Modernisation (Sydney: Angus and Robertson) (extract)

51. W. F. Wertheim (1980) ‘Betting on the "Elites" or Betting on the Poor? The Indonesian Case’, Occasional Paper, James Cook University of North Queensland, South East Asian Studies Committee No. 9

52. Ippei Yamazawa (1992) ‘On Pacific Economic Integration’, Economic Journal, 102 (Nov.): 1519–29

53. I. Shari (2000) ‘Globalization and Economic Disparities in East and Southeast Asia: New Dilemmas’, Third World Quarterly, 21(6): 963–75

54. Anne Booth (2000) ‘Poverty and Inequality in the Soeharto Era: An Assessment’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 36(1): 73–104

55. Wade C. Edmundson (1994) ‘Do the Rich Get Richer, Do the Poor Get Poorer? East Java, Two Decades, Three Villages, 46 People’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 30(2): 133–48

56. Huw Jones and Tieng Pardthaisong (1999) ‘The Impact of Overseas Labour Migration on Rural Thailand: Regional, Community and Individual Dimensions’, Journal of Rural Studies, 15(1): 35–47

57. Nancy Lee Peluso (1995) ‘Whose Woods Are These? Counter-Mapping Forest Territories in Kalimantan, Indonesia’, Antipode, 27(4): 383–406

Culture and Development

58. Tania Murray Li (1999) ‘Compromising Power: Development, Culture, and Rule in Indonesia’, Cultural Anthropology, 14(3): 295–322

59. Fareed Zakaria (1994) ‘Culture is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew’, Foreign Affairs, 73(2): 109–26

60. Kishore Mahbubani (1995) ‘The Pacific Way’, Foreign Affairs, 74(1): 100–11

61. Michael Hill (2000) ‘Asian Values as Reverse Orientalism: Singapore’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 41(2): 177–90

62. Mark Thompson (2004) ‘Pacific Asia after "Asian Values": Authoritarianism, Democracy, and "Good Governance"’, Third World Quarterly, 25(6): 1079–95

63. Francis Fukuyama (1999) ‘Asian Values and the Current Crisis’, Development Outreach (Summer) (

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