Journal of Contemporary Asia
About: Journal of Contemporary Asia is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): China & Politics. It has an ISSN identifier of 0047-2336. Over the lifetime, 1481 publication(s) have been published receiving 19362 citation(s).
Topics: China, Politics, Democracy, Capitalism, Industrialisation
Papers published on a yearly basis
22 Oct 2013-Journal of Contemporary Asia
TL;DR: The authors analyzed the complexity and dynamics of the relationship between social media and its users and provided a more nuanced argument by identifying the conditions under which participation in social media might lead to successful political activism.
Abstract: Drawing on empirical cases from Indonesia, this article offers a critical approach to the promise of social media activism by analysing the complexity and dynamics of the relationship between social media and its users. Rather than viewing social media activism as the harbinger of social change or dismissing it as mere “slacktivism,” the article provides a more nuanced argument by identifying the conditions under which participation in social media might lead to successful political activism. In social media, networks are vast, content is overly abundant, attention spans are short, and conversations are parsed into diminutive sentences. For social media activism to be translated into populist political activism, it needs to embrace the principles of the contemporary culture of consumption: light package, headline appetite and trailer vision. Social media activism is more likely to successfully mobilise mass support when its narratives are simple, associated with low risk actions and congruent with dominan...
01 Jan 1999-Journal of Contemporary Asia
TL;DR: In the service of imperialism, NGOs have been criticised as mentioned in this paper for being "in the service" of the United States and the United Kingdom, and they have been labeled as "agents of imperialism".
Abstract: (1999). NGOs: In the service of imperialism. Journal of Contemporary Asia: Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 429-440.
23 Jan 2008-Journal of Contemporary Asia
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors argue that the state's inability to provide crucial investment support to the state enterprises meant that foreign investors and the domestic non-state sector began to dominate the economic landscape.
Abstract: Two decades ago the Vietnamese Communist Party embarked on a transformation from central planning towards a “socialist market economy under state guidance.” It looked to East Asian development models, particularly the role of state enterprises (SEs), combined with the creation of a “civilised and equitable” society. The article argues that, in the case of SEs, the state's inability, especially under donor pressure, to provide crucial investment support to the SEs meant that foreign investors and the domestic non-state sector began to dominate the economic landscape. While state-led development remains feasible, it requires a clear and more authoritative industry policy; otherwise, the balance of interventionism could eventually tip towards cronyism. Further, the vagueness of the term “civilised and equitable” society leaves open both conformity with the post-Washington consensus and the possibility to achieve more aggressive redistributive measures, including redistribution of power. In practice,...
01 Jan 2003-Journal of Contemporary Asia
TL;DR: The role of Confucianism and nationalism in the state-sponsored ideology of work in South Korea during its economic boom of the 1960s and 1970s was analyzed in this paper.
Abstract: The “economic miracle” of South Korea has been well documented by many scholars, but most studies have focused on the cooperative relations between the state and entrepreneurial elites, with little attention being given to the accomplishments and contribution of Korean labor to industrial development. To date there has been no comprehensive sociological study as to how workers in South Korea were “ideologically” mobilized and motivated to commit their labor power to the process of industrialization. In an attempt to redress this imbalance, this article offers an analysis of the role of Confucianism and nationalism in the state-sponsored ideology of work in South Korea during its economic boom of the 1960s and 1970s. It is argued here that both the workers' voluntary participation in industrial work and the harmony in the workplace, which were two of the most essential factors in the nation's remarkable economic success during the 1960s and 1970s, were intimately linked to a new ideology of work a...
02 Jan 2014-Journal of Contemporary Asia
TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore the political economy of Myanmar's dual transition from state socialism to capitalism and from dictatorship to democracy, and analyze changes within Myanmar society from a critical political economy perspective in order to both situate these developments within broader regional trends and to evaluate the country's current trajectory.
Abstract: Since holding elections in 2010, Myanmar has transitioned from a direct military dictatorship to a formally democratic system and has embarked on a period of rapid economic reform. After two decades of military rule, the pace of change has startled almost everyone and led to a great deal of cautious optimism. To make sense of the transition and assess the case for optimism, this article explores the political economy of Myanmar’s dual transition from state socialism to capitalism and from dictatorship to democracy. It analyses changes within Myanmar society from a critical political economy perspective in order to both situate these developments within broader regional trends and to evaluate the country’s current trajectory. In particular, the emergence of state-mediated capitalism and politico-business complexes in Myanmar’s borderlands are emphasised. These dynamics, which have empowered a narrow oligarchy, are less likely to be undone by the reform process than to fundamentally shape the contours of re...
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