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Routledge Pacific Rim Geographies


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The Pacific Rim is the world’s most dynamic region. The rate of political, social, economic and cultural change is considerable, resulting in and from environmental and landscape change at various scales, from the regional, national and urban to the neighbourhood and the body. This series focuses on the issues of environmental change, urban, social and cultural transformation, and local and regional restructuring, and welcomes manuscripts that deal with local, national, regional and transnational geographies. It incorporates the best of contemporary research to provide a range of volumes that examine key developments in the region and that speak to global debates in geography and across the social sciences.

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Change and Continuity in the Pacific: Revisiting the Region

Change and Continuity in the Pacific: Revisiting the Region

1st Edition

John Connell, Helen Lee
March 14, 2018

Thousands of studies have been conducted by social scientists in the villages and islands, and increasingly in the towns, of the Pacific. Despite this, there are few longitudinal studies of any great depth and sophistication in the region. The contributors to this book have all conducted long-term...

Landscapes of Globalization: Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines

Landscapes of Globalization: Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines

1st Edition

Philip F. Kelly
April 07, 2015

In this critical and sophisticated analysis, Philip F. Kelly challenges the conventional definition of globalization as an irresistible and inevitable force to which societies must succumb. By tracing the consequences of global economic integration in the Philippines, he argues that global...

Neoliberal Governance and International Medical Travel in Malaysia

Neoliberal Governance and International Medical Travel in Malaysia

1st Edition

Meghann Ormond
March 04, 2015

International medical travel (IMT), people crossing national borders in the pursuit of healthcare, has become a growing phenomenon. With many of the countries currently being promoted as IMT destinations located in the ‘developing’ world, IMT poses a significant challenge to popular assumptions...

Cambodia's Neoliberal Order: Violence, Authoritarianism, and the Contestation of Public Space

Cambodia's Neoliberal Order: Violence, Authoritarianism, and the Contestation of Public Space

1st Edition

Simon Springer
April 16, 2012

Neoliberal economics have emerged in the post-Cold War era as the predominant ideological tenet applied to the development of countries in the global south. For much of the global south, however, the promise that markets will bring increased standards of living and emancipation from tyranny has...

Gated Communities in China: Class, Privilege and the Moral Politics of the Good Life

Gated Communities in China: Class, Privilege and the Moral Politics of the Good Life

1st Edition

Choon-Piew Pow
February 21, 2012

Moving beyond conventional accounts of gated communities and housing segregation, this book interrogates the moral politics of urban place-making in China’s commodity housing enclaves. Drawing on fieldwork and survey conducted in Shanghai, Pow critically demonstrates how gated communities are bound...

Urbanisation in the Island Pacific: Towards Sustainable Development

Urbanisation in the Island Pacific: Towards Sustainable Development

1st Edition

John Connell, John Lea
December 13, 2011

Managing rapid urban growth presents a significant challenge in the small independent countries of the Pacific Islands. Although they originated in colonial times, the towns and cities are now distinctively post-colonial, with economies, environments and social structures that reflect unique island...

Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia-Pacific: Between Local and Global

Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia-Pacific: Between Local and Global

1st Edition

John Connell, Eric Waddell
November 16, 2011

This volume examines the economic, political, social and environmental challenges facing rural communities in the Asia-Pacific region, as global issues intersect with local contexts. Such challenges, from climatic change and volcanic eruption to population growth and violent civil unrest, have...

Sex Work in Southeast Asia: The Place of Desire in a Time of AIDS

Sex Work in Southeast Asia: The Place of Desire in a Time of AIDS

1st Edition

Lisa Law
November 11, 2011

Southeast Asian sex workers are stereotypically understood as passive victims of the political economy, and submissive to western men. The advent of HIV/AIDS only compounds this image. Sex Work in Southeast Asia is a cultural critique of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes targetting sex tourism...

Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A critical geography of intelligent landscapes

Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A critical geography of intelligent landscapes

1st Edition

Tim Bunnell
June 01, 2006

Based on fieldwork in Malaysia, this book provides a critical examination of the country's main urban region. The study first provides a theoretical reworking of geographies of modernity and details the emergence of a globally-oriented, 'high-tech' stage of national development. The Multimedia...

Made in the Philippines

Made in the Philippines

1st Edition

James A. Tyner
December 18, 2003

The Philippines is the world's largest exporter of temporary contract labor with a huge 800,000 workers a year being deployed on either six month or two year contracts. This labor migration is highly regulated by the government, private, and non-governmental/non-private organizations. Tyner argues...

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