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Pan-Asianism, Socio-Cultural Integration, and Regionalism in Greater East Asia: Comparing Emic and Etic Interpretations of Elite Discourse through the Application of Structural Dynamics and Grounded Theory
by von Feigenblatt, Otto F., Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2013, 364; 3570885
Abstract (Summary)

The present qualitative study explores Pan-Asianism, Socio-Cultural Integration, and Regionalism in Greater East Asia, focusing on the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, China, and South Korea. Following the tradition of critical research, this dissertation compares the models derived by applying two different methodologies, one emic and deductive, and the other etic and inductive. The first part of the study applies Structural Dynamics, a theory developed in the field of Organizational Behavior by Robert Fritz, to the study of formal regionalism in Greater East Asia. Primary documentary government sources such as official Blueprints, Whitepapers, Treaties, and Speeches are analyzed and interpreted in order to identify and explain the core organizational conflicts in the region. An emic interpretation is provided through the development of a middle level grounded theory based on a discursive analysis of a purposive sample of more than fifty prominent regional leaders and intellectuals including but not limited to: Mahathir Mohamad, Lee Kuan Yew, Shintaro Ishihara, King Rama IX, Surin Pitsuwan, Rodolfo C. Severino, Thaksin Shinawatra, and Wang Hui, inter alia. The final section of the study compares and contrasts the explanatory models developed through the emic and etic approaches in order to triangulate the results and ultimately provide a more holistic understanding of the complex phenomena of regional integration in Greater East Asia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berna, Dustin
School: Nova Southeastern University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Political science, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Conflict management, Pan-Asianism, Regional integration, Sociocultural integration
Publication Number: 3570885
ISBN: 978-1-303-17720-0
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