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Dreams of Prosperity: Inequality and Integration in Southeast Asia

Provides a research result on consequences of economic integration in Southeast Asia in terms of social issues, environment exploitation, diverse forms of modern poverty, and wealth inequality. Explains how agribusiness overruns the local communities and customary law by replacing mangroves with oil palms in Kalimantan- Indonesia. Includes cases from Thailand, such as contract farming and biodiversity conservation in northern Thailand, mobility of ethnic tourism in Chiang Mai, migrant workers and labour management in teak industry of Thailand during 1880’s-1910’s, and humanitarian systems among Bangkok slum dwellers. Narrates livelihood of Vietnamese women coming back from being trafficked as brides, servants or sex workers in China. Explores the sense of poverty in Aceh and Surabaya, Indonesia.