Development and Urbanization
Drawing from influential scholarship complicating the urban-rural binary in a purportedly “urbanizing” Asia (Oakes 2016, Rigg, et al. 2016, Krause 2013, Harms 2011), this panel seeks papers that examine the countryside as a site for theory-building. Rather than being shaped by spatial theories that are often “urban” in nature (e.g., rural-to urban migration, peri-urban growth, mega-cities), we wish to build a two-session panel that accounts for how theorizing about Asia is generated by and through rural spaces. The rural has long been known as a place to study foundational aspects of Asian societies, including but not limited to state-society relations, political action, national identity, inequality, land transformation, human-environment interaction, and gender relations. We propose a two-sessions panel to take stock of some of the more contemporary dimensions of the rural’s impact on theorizing from Asia.
The papers will deal with one or more of the following themes:
- Asia as a site for theorizing the rural in the Global South
- Using the object of the countryside to rethink processes of urbanization
- The contribution of scholarship and concepts developed by rural studies in Asia to spatial relations globally
- Comparative analyses of the rural in Asia and other parts of the Global South. Does the world need a “revitalization of the countryside” (Liu and Li, 2017)?
- reflecting on the diversity of the rural in Asia to disrupt notions of the “urbanness” of Asian futures
- Shifting poverty dynamics, social safety nets, and empowerment
- Rural politics and frictions between top-down interventions and bottom-up initiatives
- Environmental pressures, climate change impacts and persistent vulnerability
Harms, E. (2011). Saigon's Edge: Space, Time, and Power on Ho Chi Minh City's Rural-Urban Margin. Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota Press.
Krause, M. (2013). "The ruralization of the world." Public Culture 25(2): 233-248.
Liu, Y. and Y. Li (2017). “Revitalize the world’s countryside.” Nature 548: 275-277
Oakes, T. (2016). "Villagizing the city: Turning rural ethnic heritage into urban modernity in southwest China." International Journal of Heritage Studies 22(10): 751-765.
Rigg, J., A. Salamanca, and Eric C. Thompson (2016). "The puzzle of East and Southeast Asia's persistent smallholder." Journal of Rural Studies 43: 118-133
Dr Po-Yi Hung (Department of Geography, National Taiwan University,
Dr Edo Andriesse (Department of Geography, Seoul National University, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Jamie Gillen (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, email@example.com)