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Development Zones in Asian Borderlands

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Across Asia, the nexus between global capital flows, changing economic policies, infrastructural connectivity, migration and aspirations for modernity are rapidly transforming borderlands. From remote, peripheral backyards to front-yards of economic development and state-building, Asian borderlands are increasingly becoming the ‘face of the nation’ as a result of ‘Development Zones’.
Development Zones’ are socio-spatial manifestations of shifts in global and national economic/political policies towards greater economic productivity and illustrate an intricate nexus of regulatory environment, speculative investment, exploitation and/or securitization of resources and populations. Their proliferation in and along Asian borderlands herald the emergence of new forms of territorialisation, assemblage and socio-spatial changes. Cognizant of these processes and the transformations underway in different parts of Asian borderlands, ‘Development Zones in Asian Borderlands’ offers a new analytical framework for thinking of borderlands as pivotal spaces of capital accumulation, experimentation and dispossession.

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages284
ISBN (print)9789463726238
ISBN (electronic)9789463726238
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2021
EventSpecial Development Zones in Asian Borderlands - Aarhus University, aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 17 Jun 201918 Jun 2019
SeriesAsian Borderlands


ConferenceSpecial Development Zones in Asian Borderlands
LocationAarhus University
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