Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism
Why was the discourse of family values so pivotal to the conservative and free-market revolution of the 1980s and why has it continued to exert such a profound influence on American political life? Why have free-market neoliberals so often made common cause with social conservatives on the question of family, despite their differences on all other issues? In this book, Melinda Cooper challenges the idea that neoliberalism privileges atomized individualism over familial solidarities, and contractual freedom over inherited status. Delving into the history of the American poor laws, she shows how the liberal ethos of personal responsibility was always undergirded by a wider imperative of family responsibility and how this investment in kinship obligations is recurrently facilitated the working relationship between free-market liberals and social conservatives.
About the Author
Melinda Cooper is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era.
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Michael Haas is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the author of more than 40 books on government and politics, primarily focused on human rights. He has recently analyzed the situations in Cambodia, Korea, and Singapore as well as the major war crimes of the twenty-first century.
Eschewing tired doctrines of strict demarcation between development, religion and politics, this volume takes up the task of critically analysing this triple nexus. The chapters brought together in this landmark collection draw on detailed empirical studies from around contemporary Asia. Through their engagements with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and secularism, among other traditions, the chapters argue persuasively for a new research agenda that attends to the ways in which development, religion, and politics are dynamically interconnected. In doing so, they deploy innovative conceptual approaches that rework taken-for-granted frames.
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Robin Bush is Director for Research and Strategic Collaborations, Asia, for Research Triangle International (RTI), Indonesia. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, USA, and is the author of Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power in Islam and Politics in Indonesia (2009). Philip Fountain is Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University and has published extensively on the relationships between religion, development and humanitarianism. R. Michael Feener is Research Leader of the Religion and Globalization Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. His most recent book is Sharia and Social Engineering (2013).
Sponsored by the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC) and the United States Asia Pacific Council (USAPC) In 2014, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum celebrates its 25th anniversary in a vastly changed region and world. In Bogor, Indonesia, 20 years earlier, APEC committed to achieve free trade and investment in the region by 2020. In Beijing in 2014, China will again make regional economic integration an APEC priority. These papers draw on two conferences organized by the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and are published jointly with the United States Asia Pacific Council. As one contributor put it, APEC earns an “A” for its vision of regional economic integration, but its grade on execution remains “incomplete.” Yet pathways to the Bogor Goals are coming into focus. This book examines the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations from various perspectives, and considers possibilities for their consolidation into a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). It also explores regional connectivity and the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Experts from nearly every APEC economy explore the benefits and challenges of regional economic integration. Their perspectives differ, but also reveal striking common ground. They offer practical recommendations for the Asian and trans-Pacific pathways–for ensuring their compatibility, and for promoting their convergence into an FTAAP. This book will be an invaluable reference for readers interested in the prospects for Asia-Pacific economic integration. It testifies to a little-celebrated, but invaluable, achievement of APEC: the rise of a sophisticated international community of experts who understand the region and collaboratively promote its long-term interests.
Handbook of Contemporary China is a convenient reference in one single volume that offers comprehensive overviews of crucial cultural dimensions and key institutions of China. The Handbook covers a wide range of topics including: development model, politics, society, law, population, ethnicity, foreign relations, environment, urbanization, higher education, religion, literature, cinema, leisure and consumption, and internet and society. It is the first of its kind in the field of China Studies that traces the historical evolutions and profound transformations over the last three decades that ultimately allow China to achieve global ascendance. Offering a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted coverage of the seachanges of the Chinese reform, the Handbook is lucidly written and concisely presented to serve as a handy guide for both professionals and the general public to gain a quick and reliable understanding of the complexities of China.
Contributing experts include Guobin Yang (Columbia University), Kevin Latham (London University), Fulong Wu (Cardiff University), Bin Liang (Oklahoma State University), Kam-yee Law (Hong Kong Institute of Education), Xiaogang Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Zhongdong Ma (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Barry Sautman (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Simon Shen (Hong Kong Institute of Education), David Palmer (University of Hong Kong), Yok-shiu Lee (University of Hong Kong), Carlos Wing-hung Lo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Anna Ka-yin Lee (University of Hong Kong) Ka-ho Mok (Hong Kong Institute of Education), Li Wang (Zhejiang University), Ling-tun Ngai (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Rui Zhang (Central Academy of Arts).