Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives

Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives

Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives

Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives

Synopsis

Exploring one of the most dynamic and contested regions of the world, this series includes works on political, economic, cultural, and social changes in modern and contemporary Asia and the Pacific.

Excerpt

This project was truly collaborative in nature right from the beginning and throughout its life. The project was conceived in early 1995 when we, in response to a research grant program that encouraged collaborative research projects between the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii, were trying to identify a significant issue in the Asia-Pacific region that could bring together our respective research interests: environment and sociology. We then identified environmental movements in Asia as an emerging social phenomenon that had enormous social and political implications but whose patterns of social and cultural origins had yet to be fully understood. Moreover, given Asia's extremely diverse social, cultural, and political backgrounds, we believed that the contours and consequences of environmentalism in the region could only be fruitfully explored from a comparative perspective. We therefore invited researchers from several Asian societies -- South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines -- where some forms of environmental movements could be discerned. We also invited an American sociologist to examine the Asian experiences collectively from the U.S. perspective.

We are thus very grateful to the case study coordinators. The project would not have been possible without their enthusiasm and full cooperation. From preparing the preliminary case study papers to contributing to the comparative analyses, they were actively involved in every phase of the project. While we have prepared the overall project research framework, the research framework for the comparative analyses was the product of intensive and extensive discussion among all the participants in our first workshop. All the case study coordinators were in fact brought together at two international workshops where the . . .

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