In This Review

Peasant Society in a Changing Economy: Comparative Development in Southeast Asia and India
Peasant Society in a Changing Economy: Comparative Development in Southeast Asia and India
By George Rosen
University of Illinois Press, 1975, 256 pp.

Increasing population makes industrialization imperative in Asia. But industrialization destroys the peasant values and the patron-client bonds that give life meaning for the traditional populace. This penetrating comparative study of India, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines concludes that unless governments can cope with the problems of labor-intensive and non-disruptive industrialization, revolution on either the Chinese or the Mexican model is a likely outcome.