Europe and Asia

Following sessions of the Working Group “Europe and Asia” are scheduled to be presented at the 14th EADI General Conference:

ID Session name Date&Time Room
WGS071 Mobilising the Middle Classes in India and in the Philippines 24/06, 2.30pm S7
WGS072 Strategies for Economic and Social Development: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Asia and Europe 25/06, 2.45pm S7


Call for Papers

Europe and AsiaThe Europe-Asia Working Group of the EADI proposes to analyse the current and future prospects of European and Asian capitalisms, looking at the development regimes of each region and their growing interdependence. The two panels that it organizes at the 2014 General Conference aim at examining how these regimes have been informed, both in their political and economic dimensions. It will consider in particular the role of middle classes, asking the following questions:

  • How have they contributed to define/legitimize/contrast the ideas that underpin the capitalist regimes of Asia and Europe?
  • What is their influence on the discourse and practice of ‘sustainable development’?
  • What are the conditions leading to an active engagement of citizens towards policies promoting sustainable food, water and energy consumption?

These questions have been gaining in importance and have become central to understand the actual and potential role played by different actors in the development process. The objective of the panels is therefore to link national and international debates and to suggest new theorical and empirical insights.

The first panel will focus on emerging Asia. It proposes to investigate the social, political and economic construction of the category  of ‘middle classes’, ’with specific attention devoted to China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is suggested that papers will discuss the following themes, amongst others:

  • the role of the new middle classes in the contemporary development trajectory of Asian emerging economies
  • the use of the concept of ‘middle classes’ in different contexts as well as the identification with this category
  • the rural/urban dynamics within the ‘middle classes’ in Asian emerging economies, spanning across metropolitan centres, smaller cities and towns, as well as villages.

The second panel will explore the changing consumption patterns in Europe and Asia. It will compare different national and regional contexts, aiming to find evidence of general trends and to highlight divergences as well as convergences.

It welcomes contributions addressing issues that include:

  • the nature of the changes observed in aspirations, lifestyles and consumption trends;
  • their implications in terms of agriculture, food, health, water and energy consumption;
  • the promotion, adoption and representations of green practices and technologies;
  • the influence of ‘sustainable consumption’ policies;
  • the changes in the production process and entrepreneurship.

Papers discussing meaningful concepts for the analysis of all these processes are encouraged. The Working Group also invites comparative case studies involving two or more regions/countries as well as studies proposing cross-cultural perspectives on Asia and Europe.

Conveners: Philippe Régnier (University of Ottawa), Elisabetta Basile (Development Studies, University of Rome La Sapienza), Terence Gomez (University of Malaya) & Christine Lutringer (Centre for Area and Cultural Studies, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)