Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, Nature, and People in the Neoliberal Age

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Joseph Nevins, Nancy Lee Peluso
Cornell University Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
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Recent changes in the global economy and in Southeast Asian national political economies have led to new forms of commodity production and new commodities. Using insights from political economy and commodity studies, the essays in Taking Southeast Asia to Market trace the myriad ways recent alignments among producers, distributors, and consumers are affecting people and nature throughout the region. In case studies ranging from coffee and hardwood products to mushroom pickers and Vietnamese factory workers, the authors detail the Southeast Asian articulations of these processes while also discussing the broader implications of these shifts. Taken together, the cases show how commodities illuminate the convergence of changing social forces in Southeast Asia today, as they transform the terms, practices, and experiences of everyday life and politics in the global economy.
  

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Good collection of diverse but complementary pieces. Perhaps a few that were more forward-looking could have been useful, rather than focusing on tracking the past and trying to describe the neoliberalism of the present. Read full review

Contents

Commoditization in Southeast Asia
1
Mobilizing Labor
27
Whats New with the Old? Scalar Dialectics
43
Networks of Place Gender
56
Producing Commodity Producers
73
A Political
91
MetaCommoditization on the Mekong River
108
in a National Park
124
New Markets New Socionatures New Actors
159
The Semendo
176
Nation in Malaysia
191
New Concepts New Natures? Revisiting Commodity
206
Commoditization in Southeast Asia
225
Notes
231
List of Contributors
269
Copyright

Mosaics of Control Commodified Spaces
140

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About the author (2008)

Joseph Nevins authored Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the Illegal Alien and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (Routledge, 2002), and A Not-so-distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor (Cornell University Press, 2005). His writings have appeared in numerous journalistic publications, including The Boston Review, The Christian Science Monitor, CounterPunch, and the International Herald.

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