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26/02/2008
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9781920901172

The Rise of Middle Classes in Southeast Asia

by SHIRAISHI Takashi
Kyoto Area Studies on Asia
The rise of the new middle classes in Southeast Asia has brought about important transformations in various countries - politically, socially, economically, and culturally - while producing new 'East Asian lifestyles' that transcend national boundaries and causing the reorganization of urban space. Based on the framework of comparative politics, this...

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The rise of the new middle classes in Southeast Asia has brought about important transformations in various countries - politically, socially, economically, and culturally - while producing new 'East Asian lifestyles' that transcend national boundaries and causing the reorganization of urban space. Based on the framework of comparative politics, this study examines the regional significance of the growth of the middle classes after the economic crisis in 1997-1998. It pays special attention to the conditions which led to the fall of Thailand's Thaksin government as a consequence of a military coup. From the international relations point of view, this collective work by Southeast Asian specialists also uses abundant data to unravel the regionalization of the cultural industry across East Asia.

About Authors

SHIRAISHI Takashi is a Japanese scholar of international politics who specializes in Southeast Asian area studies focusing on Indonesian politics. He has held eminent positions including Director of the Institute of Developing Economics, Professor at Kyoto University,  President at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Special Invited Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Member of the Council for Science and Technology, Cabinet Office, and President of Kumamoto Prefectural University.

Table of contents


List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Rise of Middle Classes in Southeast Asia
Shiraishi Takashi

1 Thailand under Thaksin: A Regional and International Perspective
Pasuk Phongpaichit
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List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Rise of Middle Classes in Southeast Asia
Shiraishi Takashi

1 Thailand under Thaksin: A Regional and International Perspective
Pasuk Phongpaichit
2 Democracy and the Middle Class in Thailand: The Uprising of May 1992
Tamada Yoshifumi
3 Thaksin and the Re-Politicization of the Military
Ukrist Pathmanand
4 Business Leaders in Contemporary Thailand: Politics, Business Circles, and the Chinese Community
Suehiro Akira
5 Notes on the Disappearing 'Middle ' in Post-Authoritarian Philippine Politics
Patricio N. Abinales
6 Situating NGO Advocacy Work in Middle Class Politics in the Philippines
Teresa S. Encarnacion-Tadem
7 Democratization and Ethno-Politics in Taiwan: A Tentative Interpretation of the 'New Party Phnomenon' and 'Song Chuyu Penomenon'
Wakabayashi Masahiro
8 Economic Growth, Expansion of the Middle Class and the Suburbanization of Kuala Lumpur's Metropolitan Area, Malaysia
Jamalunlaili Abdullah
9 When Culture Meets the Market: Japanese Popular Culture Industries and the Regionalization of East and Southeast Asia
Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin
10 Placing Singapore in East Asian Pop Culture
Chua Beng Huat

Index

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