“Contested Resource Extraction, Anti-Corporate Protests and the Politics of Movement Alliance in Bangladesh” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1506043) is a new article by M. Omar Faruque of the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada.
The abstract states:
Why do activist groups form alliances and why do some alliances later fall apart? This article asks these questions in the context of a popular mobilisation against resource extraction in Bangladesh. It focuses on the dynamics of a strategic alliance between a locally organised community mobilisation against a British mining company and an urban radical activist group, known for its anti-capitalist activism, to explore the subsequent collapse of the alliance and the demobilisation of one group. Based on the qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with activists and organisational documents, the article probes the underlying causes of rupture. Although several individual and organisational factors are identified, it is argued that Bangladesh’s confrontational political culture and its authoritarian party system played a critical role, with local activists vulnerable to co-optation or being silenced by powerful political actors. The article contributes to social movement scholarship by emphasising that specific political cultures can undermine efforts to build strategic alliances between diverse social movement organisations.
“Dangerous Liaisons? State-Chaebol Co-operation and the Global Privatisation of Development” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1501806) is a new article at the publisher’s website, authored by Juliette Schwak of the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University, Japan.
The abstract states:
This article analyses the relationships between private and public sectors in shaping the South Korean development assistance agenda. Since 2008, subsequent Korean administrations have made development assistance a keystone of their foreign policy. Fast growing middle-income countries seem to be favourite development partners for these administrations and the parallel increase in the overseas expansion of Korean chaebol in these developing partner markets suggests that interactions between private economic interests and development assistance exigencies have been numerous. Based upon fieldwork on Korean development assistance, this article shows that Korean conglomerates are both informally and structurally included in decision-making processes as a result of the specific governance architecture inherited from the developmental state era. But recently, since its accession to the Development Assistance Committee in 2010, Korea has also been institutionalising private actors’ inclusion in official development assistance delivery mechanisms. This should be understood as part of a global agenda that has increasingly privatised development formulation and delivery. The inclusion of chaebol in official development assistance through institutional mechanisms might actually be more aligned with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development norms than the existing literature suggests.
A couple of weeks ago we posted on the release of Web of Science impact factors for listed journals in 2017. Last week, Google released its 2018 Scholar Metrics.
In the listing of the top 20 publications in the category Asian Studies and History, the Journal of Contemporary Asia is ranked 3rd.
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In Australia, the relationship with Indonesia has loomed large since the days of Indonesian National Revolution. Academic and popular accounts of the state of the relationship have regularly appeared. The most recent of these is a big book of almost 500 pages and 25 chapters.
Strangers Next Door? Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century edited by Tim Lindsey and Dave McRae was published in 2018 by Hart Publishing. It is reviewed for JCA by Richard Robison.
Almost a Handbook, Robison says that being a big book means it covers a “vast range of topics. We can find assessments of political, economic and military relations between Australia and Indonesia and insights into specific areas of collaboration in policing, military, youth, women and justice.” This also means that the book “can include authors from a wide range of backgrounds, spreading beyond the usual academic suspects to business people, former diplomats, lawyers, journalists and individuals from non-governmental organisations and the arts.”
As with many collections, Robison notes that the strengths of size and scope “also have costs.” He notes an “unevenness between the chapters,” that range from the descriptive to the analytical. There are several different approaches within the collection. In the end, Robison concludes:
… the different interpretations tend to overwhelm the basic proposition of the book.
It might have been better to reflect this in a title that highlights the contested nature of the issue, maybe: Strangers Next Door: How Much Does it Matter?
In a new book review at the JCA publisher’s site, Jan-Jan Soon of the School of Economics, Finance & Banking at Universiti Utara Malaysia considers The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age.
Authored by Valerie Francisco-Menchavez and published by the University of Illinois Press in 2018, the book seeks to understand how migrants and their families reciprocate care for each other aﬀectively when separated by thousands of kilometres.
Soon argues that the contributions made by Francisco-Menchavez are in:
developing the multi-directional care model that takes into account diﬀerent forms and directions of care work, recasting how children left behind actually contribute in caring for their migrant mothers, analysing care work by incorporating the roles of extended/ﬁctive kin and immigrant social networks, and pushing the boundaries of ethnographic research methods through her use of longitudinal multi-sited ethnography and a participatory action research approach to capture the dynamics of care work.