The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist Perspective by Thanh-Dam TruongThe South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist Perspective by Thanh-Dam Truong

The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist Perspective

byThanh-Dam Truong, Knio Karim

Paperback | January 22, 2016

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This book offers an innovative approach to the analysis of the current crisis in the South China Sea. Moving beyond the spirit of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the mechanisms of which are limited to physical geography, it demonstrates how epistemological insights from the field of critical realist philosophy can reveal the importance of cultural and structural conditioning processes in social interactions, processes which shape the conditions for the emergence of crisis points along a spectrum of conflict and cooperation. The potential for conflict resolution and the emergence of new regions in Pacific Asia much depends on the nature of such interactions at many levels (political-economic, semiotic and cultural) based on perceptions of what constitutes the "common" versus a Sinicised version of "Lebensraum".
Title:The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:105 pagesPublished:January 22, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319135503

ISBN - 13:9783319135502

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Critical Realism and the Morphogenetic Approach.- A Critical Genealogy of the Emergence of South China Sea as a 'Complex' in International Relations.- The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III) and China's Assertion of the U-shaped Line.- Conclusion.

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"The volume emphasizes the importance of placing research on the South China Sea in a critical realist framework . . A comprehensive bibliography will cater to serious researchers and academics interested in probing deeper into the depths of the multiple dynamics of the South China Sea conflict. The volume has a collection of excellent maps and even archaic old maps of historical importance that have been nicely incorporated with the text." (Saikat Kumar Basu, South Asian Time, southasiantime.com, April, 2016)