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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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Harnessing Resources and Labor

Harnessing Resources and Labor

(p.136) Chapter 6 Harnessing Resources and Labor
Bounding the Mekong

Jim Glassman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter takes up two different kinds of cases that illustrate more overtly the serious limits of any notion that Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) integration is a relatively egalitarian process providing opportunities for all participants. First, it looks at the ways the Lao state is participating in GMS development. Second, and illustrating a context of even greater constraint, the chapter examines the role of migrant Burmese workers in the production of the GMS. These cases show that while regionalization is in fact produced by a variety of actors, and not just the most transnational capitalists, it is produced by these actors within a deeply power-laden field and with quite different consequences for the various participants.

Keywords:   GMS integration, egalitarian process, Laos, Burma, regionalization, GMS participants, GMS development

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