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Migration, Development and Social Change in the Himalayas An Ethnographic Village Study

Migration, Development and Social Change in the Himalayas An Ethnographic Village Study

Author: Madleina Daehnhardt Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2019

This book teases out the reasons for, and the socioeconomic impacts of, different types of migration on contemporary rural households and individuals. The author creatively depicts the dynamic microcosm of one village in the North Indian Kumaun Himalayas, near the border with Chinese Tibet, giving voice to the life stories of a range of migrants. Through this ethnography, migration is revealed as a fundamental part of the multifaceted 21st century changes which the village is experiencing. From elderly women, to unemployed men, young farm women and local children, the book demonstrates how village life is continually constituted socially and economically by overlapping migration patterns - including out-migration, return-migration, in-migration and even non-migration. Extending the argument, the author demonstrates that the village microcosm is linked to many other villages which are microcosms in their own right as well as in relation to the main village across a spatial hierarchy. The theoretical implications of the study are teased out to inform our understanding of rural-urban migration trends and impacts more generally, and as such the book will be of interest to researchers of the South Asian region, but also of internal migration in the global context.

Reorienting Socialism in the Twenty-First Century - The Chinese Experiences and Beyond

Reorienting Socialism in the Twenty-First Century - The Chinese Experiences and Beyond

This is a critical look at China's official policy of `building a moderately well-off society' and an analysis of a viable vision of xiaokang (meaning `moderate prosperity) socialism. Aiming at demonstrating the logic of Chinese transformation and refutation of modernity in its capitalist form, this book builds an alternative model with direct policy implications. Stimulating and provocative, this monograph includes analysis of Confucian roots of Chinese development, Maoist socialism and the road to neoliberalism, and sections on work, citizenship, ecology and democracy. It is a well-researched and thoughtful contribution to the political debate currently swirling over the developing world's most dynamic economy.

India's Scheduled Areas Untangling Governance, Law and Politics

India's Scheduled Areas Untangling Governance, Law and Politics

Author: Sujit Kumar Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

The Scheduled Areas (SAs) in India refer to those parts of the country which are inhabited predominantly by the Scheduled Tribes. Often SAs are identified by their geographical isolation, primitive mode of production, and relatively egalitarian and closely knit society. Irrespective of the constitutional provision (Art 244) for governance and a mandate of devolution of power in terms of funds, functions and functionaries, the backwardness of these areas have remained a challenge. This volume attempts to explore the reasons behind the disregard for legal and institutional mechanism designed for the SAs. It questions the role of the State in the neoliberal era on counts of fund allocation and utilization, ineffectiveness of the existing administrative structures and processes. It further goes to look into the arbitrary interpretations of law by the judiciary while dealing with community rights vis-a-vis state's prerogative of bringing development; and how development concerns are addressed in the name of `good governance' by various stakeholders. Comprehensive and topical this volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of political studies, development studies, developmental economics, sociology and social anthropology.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative Concept, Context and Assessment

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative Concept, Context and Assessment

Author: Siegfried O. Wolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2019

This book focuses on the implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure development project intended to connect Asia with Europe, the Middle East and Africa. By introducing a new analytical approach to the study of economic corridors, it gauges the anticipated economic and geopolitical impacts on the region and discusses whether the CPEC will serve as a pioneer project for future regional cooperation between and integration of sub-national regions such as Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Further, it explores the interests, expectations and policy approaches of both Chinese and Pakistani local and central governments with regard to the CPEC's implementation. Given its scope, the book will appeal to regional and spatial sciences scholars, as well as social scientists interested in the regional impacts of economic corridors. It also offers valuable information for policymakers in countries participating in the Belt-and-Road Initiative or other Chinese-supported development projects.

The Development of Aryan Invasion Theory in India A Critique of 19th Century Social Constructionism

The Development of Aryan Invasion Theory in India A Critique of 19th Century Social Constructionism

Author: Subrata Chattopadhyay Banerjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2019

This book delves deep into the Social Construction of Theory, comparative epistemology and intellectual history to stress the interrelationship between diverse cultures during the colonial period and bring forth convincing evidence of how the 19th century was shaped. It approaches an interesting relation between the linguistic studies of 19th century's scientific world and subsequent widespread acceptance of the empirically weak theory of the Aryan invasion. To show entangled history in a globalized world, the book draws on the Aryan Invasion Theory to highlight how different socio-religious parties commonly shape a new theory. It also explores how research is affected by the so-called social construction of theory and comparative epistemology, and deals with scholarly advancement and its relation with contemporary socio-political demands. The most significant conclusion of the book is that academic studies are prone to comparative epistemology, even under the strict scrutiny of the so-called scientific methods.

Development and Large-scale mining in the Asia-Pacific Unearthing Development

Development and Large-scale mining in the Asia-Pacific Unearthing Development

Author: Glenn (Massey University, New Zealand) Banks Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/07/2019

Large-scale mining is one of the most controversial contemporary development enterprises in the Asia-Pacific. Despite a number of high-profile social, environmental and human rights controversies connected with the mining industry, it continues to be an integral part of the economies and development planning of most countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Focusing on Melanesia, this book looks at a range of issues connected with the mining industry that resonate across the region, relating to environment, corporations, labour, economy, and community. The book presents a rigorous framework for understanding the local effects and responses to the resource extraction operations, building on the existing literature of mining impacts to provide a grounded theoretical approach towards large-scale mining in Melanesia. It uses the insights into the processes of change associated with these large-scale mines to inform current broader debates around development and development processes. The book goes on to argue that the structural representations of the relationship between mining multinationals and local communities which have been used as the basis for policy development, political action and activism over the past decade are no longer appropriate in understanding the nature of the issues at stake. Providing an original and important contribution to debates around resource extraction in the Asia-Pacific region, the book is of use to students and scholars of Asian Studies, Geography and Environment.

Confucianism, Discipline and Competitiveness

Confucianism, Discipline and Competitiveness

Author: Chris Baumann, Hume Winzar, Doris Viengkham Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2019

The importance of competitiveness has increased rapidly in recent years, where a fresh look at the different forms in which competitiveness manifests is needed. Though the exceptional growth of East Asian economies has been hypothesised previously from a socio-cultural perspective, links have often been vague with little empirical evidence to support them. This book proposes that a unique paradigm of competitiveness has developed in the East as a result of the cultural traditions and social values influenced by Confucianism, and extends this hypothesis by exploring a critical missing link: the role of discipline. Based on data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and World Economic Forum (WEF), this book sheds light on important insights, through empirical evidence, that culture and discipline play an important role toward a country's academic performance, and ultimately, competitiveness. In comparing six geographical clusters, this book analyses data by applying the Inter-ocular Test - visualisation of data distributions - to supplement traditional statistical mean comparisons. The findings advance the discourse on culture and performance, by drawing attention to the significant impact that improving discipline can have for a nation's productivity-not only those of Confucian East Asia. Written with the evolving global economy in mind, this book highlights the relevance of discipline for shaping individual productivity for the future workforce, and offers new perspectives on how this can be achieved for all societies through three key contributions: Taxonomy of Discipline dimensions, Parent-Engagement-School-Discipline Taxonomy (PESD), and Wheel of Competitiveness. Building on the authors' prior works, this book offers a comprehensive look at three interrelated concepts: Confucianism, Discipline, and Competitiveness, and how they relate to performance in East Asia. Written in an accessible style, this book will be a valuable guide for students, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers who seek to further understand the valuable role of discipline in shaping the success of societies, present and future.

The Way Forward Beyond Agenda 21

The Way Forward Beyond Agenda 21

Author: Felix (University of North Carolina & Tellus Institute, USA) Dodds Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

First published in 1997. 1997 marked the fifth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - the celebrated `Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro which represented the high-water mark of intergovernmental action for sustainable development. Whilst some were tempted to dismiss the Conference as a gesture of concern by the participating governments, the list of resolutions which arose from the Summit is formidable, and the key text to emerge from the conference process, Agenda 21, had proven to be crucial to efforts to disseminate and implement the principles of globally sustainable development. The Way Forward outlines the successes and failures of those first five years. Calling on a list of eminent experts, it provides an unparalleled analysis of the agreements that were reached, and the stakeholders who were charged with implementing them. It reviews the progress that was made at the intergovernmental, national and grassroots levels, and offers a cogent summary of the major issues that needed to be addressed for the future. Lucid, compact and authoritative, this is the essential guide to `Rio plus five'.

Researching South-South Development Cooperation The Politics of Knowledge Production

Researching South-South Development Cooperation The Politics of Knowledge Production

Author: Emma Mawdsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Over the last two decades the expanding role of Southern countries as development partners has led to tectonic shifts in global development ideas, practices, norms and actors. Researchers are faced with new questions around identity, power and positionality in global development. Researching South-South Development Cooperation examines this rapidly growing and complex phenomenon, asking to what extent existing assumptions, conceptual frameworks and definitions of 'development' need to be reframed in the context of researching this new landscape. This interdisciplinary book draws on voices from across the Global South and North to explore the epistemological and related methodological challenges and opportunities associated with researching South-South development cooperation, asking what these trends mean for the politics of knowledge production. Chapters are interspersed with shorter vignettes, which aim to share examples from first-hand participation in and observation of South-South development cooperation initiatives. This book will be of interest to anyone conducting research on development in the Global South, whether they are a practitioner or policy maker, or a student or researcher in politics, international development, area studies, or international relations.

Researching South-South Development Cooperation The Politics of Knowledge Production

Researching South-South Development Cooperation The Politics of Knowledge Production

Author: Emma Mawdsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Over the last two decades the expanding role of Southern countries as development partners has led to tectonic shifts in global development ideas, practices, norms and actors. Researchers are faced with new questions around identity, power and positionality in global development. Researching South-South Development Cooperation examines this rapidly growing and complex phenomenon, asking to what extent existing assumptions, conceptual frameworks and definitions of 'development' need to be reframed in the context of researching this new landscape. This interdisciplinary book draws on voices from across the Global South and North to explore the epistemological and related methodological challenges and opportunities associated with researching South-South development cooperation, asking what these trends mean for the politics of knowledge production. Chapters are interspersed with shorter vignettes, which aim to share examples from first-hand participation in and observation of South-South development cooperation initiatives. This book will be of interest to anyone conducting research on development in the Global South, whether they are a practitioner or policy maker, or a student or researcher in politics, international development, area studies, or international relations.

Negotiating Religion and Development Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

Negotiating Religion and Development Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

Author: Arnhild (University of Agder, Norway) Leer-Helgesen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

This book argues that relationships between religion and development in faith-based development work are constructed through repeated processes of negotiation. Rather than being a neat and tidy relationship, faith-based development work is complex and multifaceted: an ongoing series of negotiations between theological interpretations and theories of human development; between identities as professional practitioners and as believers; between different religious traditions at local, regional and international levels; and between institutional structures and individual agency. In particular, the book draws on a deep ethnographic study of Christian faith-based development work in the Bolivian Andes. The case study highlights the importance of seeing theological interpretations as being firmly embedded in local religious and cultural systems involved in a constant process of identity construction. Overall, the book argues that religion should not be seen as homogenous, or either 'good' or 'bad' for development, instead we must recognize that institutional faith-based identities are constructed in many ways, formal, theological, and interpersonal, and any tensions between `religious' and `development' goals must be worked through in an ongoing recognition of that complexity. This book will be of interest to researchers working in development studies and religious studies, as well as to practitioners and policy makers with an interest in faith-based development work.

The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Author: Laura Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2019

Despite its enormous impact on individuals, families, communities, and economies, globally mental health has always been a low priority, with mental health budgets rarely protected and often the first to be axed in times of austerity. Yet more than 650 million people worldwide are estimated to meet diagnostic criteria for common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, with almost three quarters of that burden in low and middle income countries. Nowhere in the world does mental health enjoy parity with physical health. Notwithstanding astonishing medical advancements in treatments for physical illnesses, mental illness continues to have a startlingly high mortality rate. However, despite its widespread neglect, there is now an emerging international imperative to improve global mental health and wellbeing. The UN's current international development agenda was finalised at the end of 2015, and whilst the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) are much broader in focus than the previous eight millennium development goals (MDGs), the need for worldwide improvement in mental health has finally been recognised. SDG3 seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. This Handbook addresses the new UN agenda in the context of mental health and sustainable development, examining the breadth of its implications for national and international policy-makers, decision-makers, researchers and funding agencies. Conceptual, evidence-based and practical arguments and discussions crossing a range of disciplines are presented here from the world's leading researchers and practitioners in the field of mental health. Together, they explore why a commitment to investing in mental health for the fulfilment of SDG3 ought to be an absolute global priority.