Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

Jeb Sprague (Ed.): Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

Jeb Sprague (Ed.): Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

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Jeb Sprague (ed.)

Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

Routledge, Agingdon and New York, 2016, pp. 322, hardback edition, $172.95.

This book arose from a conference organised by Georgina Murray and her colleagues at Griffith University. It was a gathering of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (ACSGC) which was formed after an inaugural conference in Prague in 2011. For the Australian conference, local participants were joined by contributors from countries in North America, Asia and Oceania, coming together to share the fruits of their research on how globalising capitalism is affecting economies and societies in the broad Asia-Pacific region. Not surprisingly, these concerns are many and diverse. Different chapters in the book deal with issues ranging from tax havens in small Pacific states to mining in PNG, schooling in India, uneven development in Laos, the transformation of China's working class, and the state, capital and class struggle in Australia.

What gives the collection of conference papers some degree of coherence is the common concern to explore how these specific concerns relate to broader patterns of globalising capitalism. …

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