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, Sep 5, 2018 - Social Science - 304 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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Commoditization in Southeast Asia
Part I New Commodities Scales and Sources of Capital
Part II New Enclosures and Territorializations
Part Ill New Markets New Socionatures New Actors
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Joseph Nevins is Associate Professor of Geography at Vassar College and the author of A Not-So-Distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor, also from Cornell, among other books. Nancy Lee Peluso is Professor of Environmental Social Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the coeditor of Violent Environments, also from Cornell, and the author of Rich Forests, Poor People: Resource Control and Resistance in Java.

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