Out now: 2 book chapters on regional #migration governance and civil society in (South)East #Asia

Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in AsiaTwo edited volumes have been published for which I was able to contribute chapters on regional migration governance in #ASEAN and on migrant civil society in Asia. The first chapter is called “Labour Migration in Southeast Asia: In search of regional governance”, and appears in the third edition of “Contemporary Southeast Asia: The Politics of Change, Contestation, and Adaptation” edited by Alice D. Ba and Mark Beeson. The second one was co-authored with Daniel Kremers, is simply titled “Migration” and part of the “Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia”, edited by Akihiro Ogawa. Here is some more information on the volumes and contributions:

Cover Ba BeesonContemporary Southeast Asia: The Politics of Change, Contestation, and Adaptation


abstract for my contribution:

Chapter 10

Labour Migration in Southeast Asia: In search of regional governance

This chapter starts with an overview on labour migration in Southeast Asia and select country studies and gives consideration to the different kinds of migration states present in Southeast Asia (e.g., countries of origin, destination and transit, although these categories are by no means exclusive), as well as the ways that migration both reflects and additionally adds to the complex interconnections between Southeast Asia’s economies. It will then discuss the economic, social and political dimension. This is followed by an analysis on regional migration governance and the newly established ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The final section will discuss the role of migrant activism and civil society.


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CHAPTER 36 MIGRATION Daniel Kremers & Stefan Rother

The relationship between migration and civil society can be studied from a variety of viewpoints and with numerous questions of interest. We will be focusing on representation and advocacy for migrant workers in East Asia. Construing a path-dependent model of migration-related Civil society, our analysis tries to answer the following questions: (1) How have the economy and policies shaped migration patterns?; (2) How have migrants shaped and transnationalized the Civil societies in their respective countries of origin and destination?; and (3) How has a transnationalized civil society influenced immigration policies? We understand civil society, broadly, as a set of actors, institutions, and practices within a complex community (e.g., a nation state) through which opinions, norms, and values are formulated and are put into practice without coercion, that is, without the threat of legal sanctions.

About Stefan Rother

Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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