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"This collection of 12 chapters and a preface presents a detailed and informative review of the concerns and developments about the rapid growth of palm oil in Southeast Asia. This is a detailed and informative book that should be read by students and activists interested in palm oil. It brings a structured analysis to environmental activism by analysing palm oil as a segmented and transnational business and topic of environmental concern. It also offers detailed histories and case studies. It should be mentioned that the book adopts an almost universally critical tone towards palm oil, which might worry some readers. But as a fast introduction to this complex and very significant trend, I have seen nothing better" (Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde [BKI]).

"... the book serves usefully to remind us that palm oil is a truly global product, utilised in an enormous number of everyday products and processes. A fascinating table on page 238 reads like a list of the world's best-known consumer brands, from McVites to Head & Shoulders, from Heinz to Nivea, from Ajax to Mars; their products all include some palm oil. The diversity of authors and focus result ... in a mass of fascinating detail" (Asian Affairs).

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“This engaged and vital edited volume brings together the varied viewpoints of academics, consultants and activists all concerned with the astonishing expansion of palm oil as a globally traded commodity. It reveals how this complex, contested and controversial expression of globalization transcends narrow national and sectoral interests, stimulating a transnational exchange of goods, capital and labour, as well as laws, norms, values and even understanding. Compelling, readable and insightful, the study shows that corporate responses to civil societys concerns about palm oils role in global warming, human rights abuses, land grabbing and biodiversity loss, now need to be complemented by legal, regulatory and governance reforms to be effective.”

—Marcus Colchester, Director, Forest Peoples Programme

Co-publication: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies


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The Palm Oil Controversy in Southeast Asia: A Transnational Perspective [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4311-45-8] 47.00 USD
Preliminary Pages Download
1. Introduction, by Oliver Pye, author 5.00 USD
2. Malaysian Corporations as Strategic Players in Southeast Asia's Palm Oil Industry, by Teoh Cheng Hai, author 5.00 USD
3. The Political Ecology of the Indonesian Palm Oil Industry, by Norman Jiwan, author 5.00 USD
4. Evolutionary Change in the Oil Palm Plantation Sector in Riau Province, Sumatra, by Junji Nagata, Sachiho W Arai, authors 5.00 USD
5. Contradictions of Palm Oil Promotion in the Philippines, by Mary Luz Menguita-Feranil, author 5.00 USD
6. The Political Economy of Migration and Flexible Labour Regimes: The Case of the Oil Palm Industry in Malaysia, by Johan Saravanamuttu, author 5.00 USD
7. Migration and Moral Panic: The Case of Oil Palm in Sabah, East Malaysia, by Fadzilah Majid Cooke , Dayang Suria Mulia, authors 5.00 USD
8. Reconciling Development, Conservation and Social Justice in West Kalimantan, by Dewi Oetami, author 5.00 USD
9. An Analysis of Transnational Environmental Campaigning around Palm Oil, by Oliver Pye, author 5.00 USD
10. EU Biofuel Policies and Their Implications for Southeast Asia, by Joana Chiavari, author 5.00 USD
11. Leveraging Product and Capital Flows to Promote Sustainability in the Palm Oil Industry, by Eric Wakker, author 5.00 USD
12. Free, Prior, and Informed Consent? Indigenous Peoples and the Palm Oil Boom in Indonesia, by Patrick Anderson, author 5.00 USD
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