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Annual Lecture: Less Poverty, More Precarity: Squaring the Circle of Southeast Asian Development
March 11, 2020 - 14:30-16:00
Asianetverketts Annual Lecture for 2020 features Professor in Human Geography Jonathan Rigg. He will speak about his research on agrarian conditions and transformations in Asia.
Southeast Asia’s growth story since the 1960s is as impressive as it is well known. The region has become an exemplar of development success reflected in such epithets as ‘miracle’, ‘tiger’ and ‘dragon’. There has always, however, been an accompanying alternative narrative, one that does not receive the same level of exposure: of deepening inequality, development injustice, environmental crisis, and social malaise. In this lecture, I will argue that these two views, while notably different, are closely intertwined. And if we are to understand why the region’s development challenge has not dissolved with growth, we need to pay attention to and understand these links.
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