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Postmaterial Development : The Search for a New Asian Model

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Authors
Thornton, Songok Han
Issue Date
2004-06
Publisher
Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
Citation
Development and Society, Vol.33 No1., pp. 25-38
Keywords
PostmaterialimEconomismAsian ValuesAsian ModelAsian Crash
Abstract
Conventional wisdom has it that the Asian “"miracle”" was fueled by a strictly defined set of “"Asian values.”" On closer examination, those values turn out to be more Western than Asian. The “"miracle,”" moreover, often achieved economic development at the expense of political underdevelopment and ecological destruction. The resulting “"Asian model”" eschewed a wide range of nonmaterial goals, such as communal integrity and environmental balance, which were deeply embedded in Asian traditions. It took the Asian Crash to puncture that model, casting doubt on the working assumptions of three decades of full-throttle economism. Before the Crash, democratic values were often dismissed - along with human rights, gender rights, and environmental protection - as luxuries to be deferred until after development was complete. Some iconoclasts, such as Amartya Sen, strongly refuted that modernist formula, but it was the Crash that provided the smoking gun to place postmaterialism on the Asian political map. The result is not only a more sustainable model of development, but a more inclusive view of Asian values. Key Words: Postmaterialim, Economism, Asian Values, Asian Model, Asian Crash
ISSN
1598-8074
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86660
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