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Bounding the MekongThe Asian Development Bank, China, and Thailand$
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Jim Glassman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834449

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834449.001.0001

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Producing the Greater Mekong Subregion

Producing the Greater Mekong Subregion

(p.37) Chapter 3 Producing the Greater Mekong Subregion
Bounding the Mekong

Jim Glassman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter addresses the material and discursive production of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It argues that as ideology, the ADB's neoclassical rendition of GMS integration is both productive and misleading. It is productive in that it naturalizes and helps consolidate a hegemonic understanding of regionalization. This makes certain kinds of sociospatially uneven development seem inevitable—and even desirable—rather than contingent and socially contestable. Moreover, ADB rhetoric produces the GMS in a particular form, highlighting its putative origins in the interests of actors within the region and downplaying its generation by, and articulation with, forces outside the region, including the Japanese actors that have crucial influence within the ADB itself.

Keywords:   sociospatial unevenness, Asian Development Bank, ADB, ADB rhetoric, GMS integration, regionalization

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