What is in a Rim?: Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea

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Arif Dirlik
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
This pathbreaking, multidisciplinary work challenges our unthinking acceptance of such terms as "Asia Pacific" and "Pacific Rim." Clarifying the hidden power relationships and hegemonic struggles that are disguised by ideological constructions of the region, the contributors uncover fundamental contradictions - including the human costs and consequencesthat underlie the much-celebrated economic boom. In evaluating the idea of "Asia Pacific, " the book shifts our focus from abstract relationships between capital and commodities to the human interactions that have played a formative part in the region's constitution. The contributors agree that it is these interactions that constitute the region, rather than the physical boundaries of the Pacific. This revised and updated edition brings in additional essays focusing on conceptualizations of the Pacific, explores interactions among countries in greater depth, and strongly emphasizes peoples within the Pacific area who are routinely ignored in most discussions of the "Rim."
 

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Contents

Introduction Pacific Contradictions
3
The AsiaPacific Idea Reality and Representation in the Invention of a Regional Structure
15
The AsiaPacific Idea as a Mobilization Myth
37
Rimspeak or The Discourse of the Pacific Rim
53
On the Outs on the Rim An Ethnographic Grounding of the AsiaPacific Imaginary
73
The Political Economy of the Pacific
97
The Northeast Asian Political Economy
99
Global Sourcing and Regional Divisions of Labor in the Pacific Rim
143
Pacific Social and Cultural Formations
249
Latin America in AsiaPacific Perspective
251
The AsiaPacific in AsianAmerican Perspective
283
Pacific Island Responses to US and French Hegemony
309
Blue Hawaii Bamboo Ridge as Critical Regionalism
325
There Is More in the Rim Than Meets the Eye Thoughts on the Pacific Idea
351
Index
371
About the Book and the Editor
381

Market Dependency in USEast Asian Relations
163
Chinas Growing Integration with the Asia Pacific Economy
187
Sexual Economies in the AsiaPacific Community
219
About the Contributors
383
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Arif Dirlik is professor of history at University of Oregon.

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