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Regional studies

See below for a selection of the latest books from Regional studies category. Presented with a red border are the Regional studies books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Regional studies books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Food Security in Small Island States

Food Security in Small Island States

Author: John Connell Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

This book provides a contemporary overview of the social-ecological and economic vulnerabilities that produce food and nutrition insecurity in various small island contexts, including both high islands and atolls, from the Pacific to the Caribbean. It examines the historical and contemporary circumstances that have accompanied the shift from subsistence production to the consumption of imported, processed foods and drinks, and the impact of this transition on nutrition and the rise of non-communicable diseases. It also assesses the challenges involved in reversing this trend, and how more effective social and economic policies, agricultural and fisheries strategies, and governance arrangements could promote more resilient and sustainable small island food systems. It offers both theoretical and practical perspectives, and brings together a broad range of policy areas, e.g. agriculture, food, commerce, health, planning and socio-economic policy. Given its scope, the book offers a valuable resource for a range of disciplines in a number of regional contexts, and for the growing number of scholars and practitioners working on and in small island states. It will be of particular value as the first book to examine the diversity and commonalities of island states around the globe as they confront issues of food security.

Development and Poverty Reduction A Global Comparative Perspective

Development and Poverty Reduction A Global Comparative Perspective

Author: Yongnian Zheng Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Although the absolute number of poor people in the world has declined significantly in recent decades, poverty reduction continues to be a very important issue. There continue to be very large numbers of poor people, relative poverty is an increasingly concerning problem and progress on poverty reduction varies enormously from one part of the world to another. Factors contributing towards poverty reduction include economic growth, economic integration and specific poverty-reduction programmes, which are often initiated by Western countries. This book considers poverty reduction from a global perspective. It looks at a wide range of specific subjects, across all continents. It highlights in particular how the issues are perceived from a non-Western perspective and especially how the rise of China is both having a profound impact on poverty reduction globally and also changing the overall way in which development and poverty reduction is approached.

How China's Silk Road Initiative is Changing the Global Economic Landscape

How China's Silk Road Initiative is Changing the Global Economic Landscape

Author: Yuan Li Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

China's New Silk Road initiative constitutes one of the most ambitious projects in recent decades designed to change the pattern of the global economic division of labour as well as the geostrategic balance of power. It has the potential to create a new fabric of industrial value creation that links China and East Asia via Central and South Asia with Europe, and to forge new regional and multilateral institutions that complement or compete with existing regional and global governance systems. First proposed in 2013, the new initiative is only now starting to be rolled-out, with trade relations gradually intensifying, and the first investment projects and infrastructure clusters becoming manifest. However, the full impact of the evolving new regional value chains on global goods flows, investment activity, supra-national institution building, as well as their wider international implications, remains undetermined. This book brings together leading scholars from economics, political science and area studies, who present the latest cutting-edge knowledge and the latest state-of-the-art economic and political analysis on how the new initiative is developing and likely to develop.

Young Adults in Urban China and Taiwan Aspirations, Expectations, and Life Choices

Young Adults in Urban China and Taiwan Aspirations, Expectations, and Life Choices

Author: Desiree Remmert Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2019

This book compares aspirations and life-choices among educated young adults in urban China and Taiwan. As two places that share a cultural heritage but very different political and economic systems, it assesses how the socioeconomic and political trajectories of China and Taiwan have influenced young people's decision-making and the strategies they apply to realise their goals. Drawing upon ethnographic research, this book analyzes young adults' choices in the areas of education, career and marriage, considering their individual social backgrounds and economic resources. In this context, it also discusses how feelings of hope, doubt and disenchantment are mitigated by the specific societal atmospheres and ideological discourses. Whereas stable employment and marriage appeared to be universal goals, this book demonstrates how young adults in Beijing had more autonomy in decision-making than those in Taipei. Among other things, China's demographic controls and urban migration policies appear to increase the independence of young people. Further, the prevalence of boarding school education in China compared to Taiwan provides an opportunity for earlier autonomy for young people in China. Taking a comparative approach, Young Adults in Urban China and Taiwan will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of Chinese Studies and Taiwan Studies, as well as social and cultural anthropology and youth culture.

Latin America in the World An Introduction

Latin America in the World An Introduction

Author: Daniel J. Greenberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this text offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to Latin America. After a brief introduction to the study of Latin America, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of Latin American history; important historical narratives; and the region's languages, religions, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support and guide further independent exploration of the topics at hand. The second half of the book features interdisciplinary case studies, each of which focuses on a specific country or sub-region and a particular issue. Each chapter gives a flavor for the cultural distinctiveness of the particular country yet also draws attention to global linkages. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of the larger historical, political, and cultural frameworks that shaped Latin America as we know it today, and of current issues that have relevance in Latin America and beyond.

Latin America in the World An Introduction

Latin America in the World An Introduction

Author: Daniel J. Greenberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this text offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to Latin America. After a brief introduction to the study of Latin America, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of Latin American history; important historical narratives; and the region's languages, religions, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support and guide further independent exploration of the topics at hand. The second half of the book features interdisciplinary case studies, each of which focuses on a specific country or sub-region and a particular issue. Each chapter gives a flavor for the cultural distinctiveness of the particular country yet also draws attention to global linkages. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of the larger historical, political, and cultural frameworks that shaped Latin America as we know it today, and of current issues that have relevance in Latin America and beyond.

Chinese Peace in Africa From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

Chinese Peace in Africa From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

Author: Steven C.Y. (University of Pretoria, South Africa) Kuo Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2019

China's emergence in Africa is the most significant development for the continent since at least the end of the Cold War. Of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is also the largest contributor in terms of troop numbers to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO). While China's potential to be a force for change in Africa is undeniable, there are wildly varied and sometimes unrealistic expectations in both the West and Africa of China's role in Africa. A more detailed and nuanced understanding of Chinese motivations in its African engagement is necessary, in order to work effectively with China for African peace, security and development. With Liberia, Darfur and South Sudan as case studies, Kuo comprehensively examines the Chinese peace and places it within the context of the liberal peace debate. He does so using primary sources translated from the original Chinese, as well as interviews conducted in Mandarin with Chinese policymakers, academics, diplomats as well as Chinese company managers and businessmen working in Liberia and South Sudan. He also traces and analyses the Chinese discourse of peace, from traditional Chinese political philosophy, through Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping to post-reform and the Xi Jinping era.

The Making of the Modern Chinese State 1600-1950

The Making of the Modern Chinese State 1600-1950

Author: Huaiyin (University of Texas at Austin, USA) Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2019

The Making of the Modern Chinese State: 1600-1950 offers an historical analysis of the formation of the modern Chinese state from the mid-17th century to the mid-20th century, providing refreshing and provocative interpretations on almost every major issue regarding modern China's development. The book explores why today's China is unlike any other nation-states in size and structure. More specifically, it examines its position as the only country in today's world that is built on the basis of a former empire both territorially and demographically, and how it has remained the only authoritarian state among the major powers and one of the few communist states that has survived into the 21st century. In doing so, the book addresses and highlights the importance of several key issues, including geopolitical strategy, fiscal constitution, and identity building as the key variables in shaping the outcome of state transformation. Enhanced by a selection of informative tables and illustrations, The Making of the Modern Chinese State: 1600-1950 is ideal for undergraduates and graduates studying East Asian History, Chinese history, empires in Asia and state formation.

The Making of the Modern Chinese State 1600-1950

The Making of the Modern Chinese State 1600-1950

Author: Huaiyin (University of Texas at Austin, USA) Li Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/08/2019

The Making of the Modern Chinese State: 1600-1950 offers an historical analysis of the formation of the modern Chinese state from the mid-17th century to the mid-20th century, providing refreshing and provocative interpretations on almost every major issue regarding modern China's development. The book explores why today's China is unlike any other nation-states in size and structure. More specifically, it examines its position as the only country in today's world that is built on the basis of a former empire both territorially and demographically, and how it has remained the only authoritarian state among the major powers and one of the few communist states that has survived into the 21st century. In doing so, the book addresses and highlights the importance of several key issues, including geopolitical strategy, fiscal constitution, and identity building as the key variables in shaping the outcome of state transformation. Enhanced by a selection of informative tables and illustrations, The Making of the Modern Chinese State: 1600-1950 is ideal for undergraduates and graduates studying East Asian History, Chinese history, empires in Asia and state formation.

Mohammed VI's strategies for Moroccan Economic Development

Mohammed VI's strategies for Moroccan Economic Development

This book analyzes the economic development choices initiated by Morocco's King Mohammed VI since he ascended the throne in 1999 and situates those choices in the political economy development literature. Examining the policies enacted by the King, the authors argue that over the past twenty years Mohammed VI has achieved some outstanding successes in modernizing the foundational economic sectors of Morocco, but the benefits of this development have not reached all Moroccans. With its focus on economic development, this book explores the way in which Mohammed VI's development strategies have, in part, resembled the neoliberal model advocated by Western powers and institutions, as well as how the King also adopted some of the European practices of state intervention found in the varieties of capitalism models across Europe. Additionally, Mohammed VI's Strategies for Moroccan Economic Growth looks at the way in which the King has sought to utilize leap frog technologies so that Morocco has become a leader in certain productive sectors and is not just catching up to rival producers. The book also examines the extent to which Moroccan citizens have benefited from the economic transformations, arguing that not all Moroccans have benefited; many Moroccan citizens in 2019 echo the same economic concerns that were voiced in 1999 when King Mohammed VI first assumed the throne. With its focus on economic development, this book will be of interest not only to scholars and students of Middle East and North African Studies, but also Economics, International Development, and Politics.

Politics and Society in Post-Communist Hungary Arrested Transformation

Politics and Society in Post-Communist Hungary Arrested Transformation

Author: Terry Cox, Sandor Gallai Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Hungary was widely seen as one of the leaders of the `transition' to a capitalist market economy and a liberal democracy, with the reform process begun while the communists were still in power. However, from this starting point, Hungary has since experienced growing social and political polarisation, problems of ineffective governance, failed or limited attempts at social reform, and widespread popular distrust of its political class. This book presents a comprehensive overview and analysis of Hungarian politics and society in the period of post-Communist transformation. Based on extensive original research including interviews with key participants, the book discusses how ad hoc governance arrangements made as Communism collapsed have become permanent, to the disadvantage of the political system, how economic stagnation has exacerbated political polarisation, and it focuses on several key areas of social reform showing how the flawed political process has frustrated the attempts at reform. It concludes with an assessment of the likely impact of all of this on Hungarian politics going forward.

Globalisation and China's Commercial Aircraft Industry Resources and Institutions

Globalisation and China's Commercial Aircraft Industry Resources and Institutions

Author: Jin Zhang Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

This book explores the extent to which China's new 158 seat airliner, the C919, rolled out in March 2015 can succeed in competing with the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing in this segment of the aircraft market, and examines China's motivation for wanting to compete in this market. It outlines the failure of China's previous attempt, in the 1960s, to build a commercially successful large airliner, the Y-10, discusses the structure of the global and the Chinese industries and argues that the large commercial aircraft industry globally has always been dependent on government intervention and has never operated in a perfectly competitive way. The book demonstrates that the institutional environment of state economic agencies is as important as firm capabilities and industry structure and shows how China's commercial aircraft industry serves as a model for developing countries striving to catch up in high technology, highly concentrated and highly competitive industries.