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Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, Nature, and People in the Neoliberal Age
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 na ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Cornell University Press
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Aug 15, 2011 unperspicacious rated it liked it
This is fine work; the ethnographies are diverse and rich in primary detail. The focus is mainly on the birth and expansion of production systems in Southeast Asia. Which will prove useful for referencing and comparison later. There is some acknowledgement of changing consumption patterns and shifting market demand (eg. the chapters by Gellert, Vandergeest, Barney and Fougeres) but for the most part the discussion is centered on the complex relations between commodity production and agrarian soc ...more