Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific

Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific

Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific

Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific

Synopsis

Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific examines the tension between tradition and modernity, especially how Western and other Asian cultures have had an impact on traditional cultures, and how the growing economy plays a significant role in how societies are changing. This volume addresses the issues which affect people's everyday lives, including the family, gender relations, religion, the arts, film, ethnic relations, population, migration, education, and images of the Pacific.

Excerpt

The five volumes in this series are part of a new Open University course, Pacific Studies, which has been produced within the Faculty of Social Sciences. the appearance of Pacific Studies is due to the generous and enthusiastic support the course has received from the University and in particular from colleagues within the Faculty of Social Sciences. the support has been especially remarkable given that this course has ventured into relatively uncharted scholarly waters. the potential risks were readily apparent but the commitment always remained firm. I am very grateful.

There are too many people to thank individually, both within and outside of the Open University, but I must record my appreciation for some of them. Within the University, I would like to acknowledge my colleagues Anthony McGrew and Grahame Thompson. Pacific Studies could not have been made without them. Their role was central. They were present when the course was conceived and they lived with it through to the final stages. They also made the experience of making this course both very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Christopher Brook and Bernard Eccleston made an enormous contribution to the course far beyond their editorial roles in two of the books in the series. They read the successive drafts of all chapters with great care and their perceptive comments helped to improve these volumes considerably. David Goldblatt and Jeremy Mitchell, because of their other commitments, may have joined the Course Team relatively late in the production process, but their contributions, especially to Governance in the Asia-Pacific have been much appreciated. Michael Dawson played an especially important role in the production of The Asia-Pacific Profile and his calm and genial presence was valued as always. Jeremy Cooper and Eleanor Morris of the bbc were responsible for the excellent audio-visual component of Pacific Studies. Anne Carson, the Course Manager of Pacific Studies, was consistently cheerful and helpful. All of the volumes in this series have been greatly improved by the editorial craftsmanship of Stephen Clift, Tom Hunter and Kate Hunter, who have been under great pressure throughout the production of this course, but nevertheless delivered work of real quality. the striking cover designs of Richard Hoyle and Jonathan Davies speak for themselves and the artwork of Ray Munns in all five volumes has been most impressive. Paul Smith, whose recent retirement from the University will leave a very real gap, made his usual remarkable contribution in providing unusual and

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