Asia Viewed Through Networks: From the Perspectives of Social Sciences

  • Authors: Jungyul Sohn, Sangbae Kim, Keong-Suk Park, Kyusang Kwon
  • Publication Date: July / 2018
  • Publisher: SNUPRESS

This book attempts to explore Asia using three types of networks from the perspectives of the network approach. These are population transition and its social impact inherent in the population networks, economic linkage revealed on the intercity networks, and international order emerging on the networks among countries, respectively. These three subjects cover society (or population), economy, and politics (or international relations) in terms of the themes and persons, cities and countries in terms of the agents of networks. Individual chapters in the book deal with different themes and different network agents at different spatial scales. This approach can be highly effective in understanding the multi-faceted characteristics of Asia and providing diagnostics on the current status of Asia.

In sum, if we do not consider the multi-dimensional and multi-level networks in examining the regionality of Asia where cooperation and conflict exist at the same time, growth and decline are simultaneously observed, and the strengthening and the weakening of inequality cross with each other, it will be very difficult to precisely evaluate the current status of Asia. Moreover, the future vision of Asia suggested based on this evaluation may also depend on uncertainty.