The Social Sciences in the Asian Century

The Social Sciences in the Asian Century

Edited by: Carol Johnson, Vera Mackie orcid, Tessa Morris-Suzuki orcid

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In this collection of essays, we reflect on what it means to practise the social sciences in the twenty-first century. The book brings together leading social scientists from the Asia-Pacific region. We argue for the benefit of dialogue between the diverse theories and methods of social sciences in the region, the role of the social sciences in addressing real-world problems, the need to transcend national boundaries in addressing regional problems, and the challenges for an increasingly globalised higher education sector in the twenty-first century. The chapters are a combination of theoretical reflections and locally focused case studies of processes that are embedded in global dynamics and the changing geopolitics of knowledge. In an increasingly connected world, these reflections will be of global relevance.


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Sep 2015
ANU Press
Business & Economics; Social Sciences: Education & Training, Gender Studies, Politics & International Studies
Australia; Central Asia; East Asia: China; Europe; Pacific; Southeast Asia

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  1. Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the social sciences (PDF, 218KB) – Vera Mackie, Carol Johnson and Tessa Morris-Suzuki doi

Part I: Engaging diversity in the social sciences

  1. Australia in the global dynamics of social science: De-centring Europe and de-mythologising the ‘Asian Century’ (PDF, 190KB) – Raewyn Connell doi
  2. Beyond divisions and towards internationalism: Social sciences in the twenty-first century (PDF, 154KB) – Sujata Patel doi

Part II: Regional issues in the social sciences

  1. Inter-Asia referencing and shifting frames of comparison (PDF, 176KB) – Chua Beng Huat doi
  2. Beyond the culturalist problematic: Towards a global social science in the Asian Century? (PDF, 162KB) – Kanishka Jayasuriya doi
  3. Voices and choices in reproductive rights: Scholarship and activism (PDF, 181KB) – Sylvia Estrada-Claudio doi
  4. Beyond Consumasia: The neglected challenges (PDF, 169KB) – Tessa Morris-Suzuki doi
  5. Rethinking economics in the Asian Century: The market and the state in China (PDF, 175KB) – Leong H. Liew doi

Part III: Australian social sciences in the Asian century and beyond

  1. Australia’s future in the Asian Century (PDF, 187KB) – Ken Henry doi
  2. Asia literacy: A deeply problematic metaphor (PDF, 175KB) – Ariel Heryanto doi
  3. Challenges for Australian higher education in the Asian Century (PDF, 518KB) – Simon Marginson doi

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