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Asia Pacific: New Geographies of the Pacific Rim

Asia Pacific: New Geographies of the Pacific Rim (Hardback)

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Synopsis

The great processes reshaping our world today can be summed up by

the term "globalisation". Together with the communications

revolution and massive urbanisation, it is reshaping theorganisation of

global space. It is illustrated by technological change, pronounced

economic growth, the dominance of giant corporations, ever more open

markets and universal consumption. Dramatic developments have occurred

in Asia-Pacific trade, investment, labour movements and political

cooperation, marked for example by APEC, a giant free-trade area

designed to encompass about 60% of the world's population and half

the world's economy.





But the processes also create social tension, political reaction and

local resistance as a result of regional restructuring, widening

regional disparities, the neglect of backward areas or imposed

modernisation.





Asia Pacific: New Geographies of the Pacific Rim, written

by leading scholars from the region, examines the extent to which

Pacific Rim economies -- especially East Asia and Southeast Asia -- are

increasingly integrated, and considers the economic, political and

cultural forces at work. In the process, many "new

geographies" are being created or reconstructed. At the same time,

"the local-global dialectic" whereby local forces react to,

negotiate with, resist or capitulate to global forces is examined.





Part I analyses globalisation and the emergence of sub-global

regions, Part II the processes of change in Asia-Pacific, and Part III

the national responses to globalisation. Part IV addresses local

reactions to global forces: resistance, negotiatons or capitulation.

Finally the editors enumerate the challenges to the region which centre

on the crucial need to manage this era of globalisation so that

sustainable societies can continue. This vast region needs careful

management of globalisation, in which the forces of free trade and

economic growth are the central determinants. For the time being, these

forces seem to be in the ascendant.

BusinessEconomicsInternational economicsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesBlack & Asian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesEthnic minorities & multicultural studies Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 15/11/1997 ISBN-13: 9780774806466  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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T.G. McGee (editor) is Director, Institute of Asian Research, and Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia. He has carried out extensive research on urbanisation in Asia over the last 40 years. He is the author of The Southeast Asian City (1967), Third World Urbanization (1971), and together with Warwick Armstrong Theatres of Accumulation (1985). More recently, he has co-edited the Extended Metropolis in Asia (1991) and Mega-Urban Regions in Southeast Asia (1995). Ray Watters (editor) was Professor of Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, and specialised in development and social change in peasant and tribal societies in Latin America and the South Pacific. He recently worked in Guizhou, southwest China. Among his books are Poverty and Peasantry in the Peruvian Andes (1994), Shifting Cultivation in Latin America (1971) and Abemama: Social Change in Kiribati and Tuvalu (1983).

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