Re-making the Southeast Asian countryside
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Re-making the Southeast Asian countryside book
Currently, much work on how rural areas and rural people in Southeast Asia are adapting to the new challenges and opportunities that confront them has emphasised such themes as Integration, interpenetration, occupational multiplicity and hybridisation. In other words, rural households remain torn between rural and urban, and between agriculture and industry (with a considerable amount of overlap between the four). What is not clear is whether this emerging pattern will prove enduring. Is it just a stage en route to a more fundamental restructuring of rural areas and rural people’s lives? Or is pluriactivity, as it is also known, an outcome of these processes and therefore likely to persist? This question, of course, is one with a long history because it links back to the debate over the survival of the family farm (see Chapter 2). The evidence from Southeast Asia, and from other regions of the world, points in both directions. This is to be expected.