Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia

ISBN : 9780190688301

Enze Han
264 ページ
156 x 156 mm

Is the process of state building a unilateral, national venture, or is it something more collaborative, taking place in the interstices between adjoining countries? To answer this question, Asymmetrical Neighbors takes a comparative look at the state building process along China, Myanmar, and Thailand's common borderland area. It shows that the variations in state building among these neighboring countries are the result of an interactive process that occurs across national boundaries. Departing from existing approaches that look at such processes from the angle of singular, bounded territorial states, the book argues that a more fruitful method is to examine how state and nation building in one country can influence, and be influenced by, the same processes across borders. It argues that the success or failure of one country's state building is a process that extends beyond domestic factors such as war preparation, political institutions, and geographic and demographic variables. Rather, it shows that we should conceptualize state building as an interactive process heavily influenced by a "neighborhood effect." Furthermore, the book moves beyond the academic boundaries that divide arbitrarily China studies and Southeast Asian studies by providing an analysis that ties the state and nation building processes in China with those of Southeast Asia.


List of Abbreviations
Notes on Transliterations and References
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Neighborhood Effect of State and Nation Building
Chapter 3: The Historical Pattern of State Formation in Upland Southeast Asia
Chapter 4: Spill-over of the Chinese Civil War and the Militarization of the Borderland
Chapter 5: Communist Revolutions at the Borderland
Chapter 6: Dynamics of Trans-boundary Economic Flows
Chapter 7: Comparative Nation Building across the Borderland Area
Chapter 8: Continual Contestations at the China-Myanmar Border
Chapter 9: Conclusion
Chinese Bibliography
Thai Bibliography
Burmese Bibliography
English Bibliography


Enze Han is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include ethnic politics in China, China's relations with Southeast Asia, and the politics of state formation in the borderland area between China, Myanmar, and Thailand. He is the author of Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China.