Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia: The Social Production of Civic Spaces

1st Edition

Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho, Giok Ling Ooi

Routledge
Published July 30, 2010
Reference - 294 Pages - 44 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415599597 - CAT# Y111790
Series: Rethinking Globalizations

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Summary

Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia presents a detailed examination of the underlying issues of urban life in the Far East.

Leading authorities on globalization and politics in the region cover key themes of continuity and change:

  • relationships between civil society and the production of urban spaces. Chapters focus on various types of ‘civic spaces’ that provide spaces for life that are autonomous from state and capital
  • ten case studies explore a wide variety of contexts ranging from spaces where lower classes congregated in ancient Chinese cities to cyberspaces of the contemporary internet
  • the history and role of civil society in social and political philosophies of societies in the Pacific Asia region
  • tendencies and issues related to specific types of civic spaces in a given city. Several studies find that great stress has been placed on long-standing community and civic spaces
  • common themes, patterns and issues as well as singularities of each particular context. In this way it can contribute to the broader (mostly Western) literature on society and space
  • the future of cities in Pacific Asia from the perspective of civic space. Can civic spaces be routinely created rather than appropriated through civil society-state-economy struggles?

Most research on globalization and civil society has focused on the West, this unique book brings together a tight analysis and a series of ten case studies on Pacific Asian countries. It also theorizes and empirically explores the relationships between civil society and the production of urban spaces.

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