University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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More growth, less development in Southeast Asia

23 October 2014 (15:00-17:00)

The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) are pleased to invite you to attend the seminar on October 23rd, please check the following details:

About the seminar

Southeast Asia is often presented as a developmental role model for the poorer world. Countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,Thailand and Vietnam have been described variously as economic 'miracles','dragons' and 'tigers'. While the causes of their growth have been disputed -with scholars and policy makers variously stressing market-fundamentalism, the role of developmental states, Asian values, or a heterodox mix of policies and practices - the fact of their growth and its positive impact on development have largely been taken for granted. This seminar will develop a wide-ranging case to reassess the progress of development in Southeast Asia. It will highlight the structural violence that has become emblematic of modernization,and the implications of this for livelihoods and household and family relations in the region. While extreme poverty has been effectively eradicated in many countries, the paradox is that with economic expansion the challenge of development has become more intractable rather than less so.

About the speaker

Jonathan Rigg took up a chair in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore in 2013. He was formerly a professor in the Geography Department at Durham University in the UK. His research interests encompass agrarian change, rural-urban relations, migration and, more broadly, development in the Asian region. His most recent books are Unplanned development: tracking change in South-East Asia (Zed Books, 2012) and, edited with Peter Vandergeest, Revisiting rural places: pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia (NUS Press, 2012). This seminar draws on a new book with the working title Southeast Asia: the shadows of success, to be published in 2015.