- xvi, 251 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
- Contents: Introducing Southeast Asian development -- Setting the scene for development : precolonial and colonial Southeast Asia -- Economic development -- Political development -- Social development -- Transforming urban spaces -- Transforming rural spaces -- Transforming natural spaces -- Towards equitable development.Includes bibliographical references (p. -241) and index.Summary: "Divided into accessible thematic chapters, this book adopts the unique perspective of equitable development to outline the strengths and weaknesses of the transformations taking place in the Southeast Asian region. Four key themes are focused upon: equality and inequality; political freedom and opportunity; empowerment and participation; and environmental sustainability. The ongoing commercialisation and industrialisation of rural agriculture, the expansion of non-farm income earning opportunities, and the alarming rates of environmental degradation that threaten health and livelihoods are also exposed." "This book provides an accessible up-to-date introductory text for students and researchers interested in Southeast Asian development, development studies, Asian studies and geography."--BOOK JACKET.