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The Resource Natural potency and political power : forests and state authority in contemporary Laos, Sarinda Singh

Natural potency and political power : forests and state authority in contemporary Laos, Sarinda Singh

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Natural potency and political power : forests and state authority in contemporary Laos
Title
Natural potency and political power
Title remainder
forests and state authority in contemporary Laos
Statement of responsibility
Sarinda Singh
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Forests, as physical entities, have received considerable scholarly attention in political studies of Asia and beyond. Much less notice has been paid to the significance of forests as symbols that enable commentary on identity, aspirations, and authority. Natural Potency and Political Power, an innovative exploration of the social and political importance of forests in contemporary Laos, challenges common views of the rural countryside as isolated and disconnected from national social debates and politics under an authoritarian regime. It offers instead a novel understanding of local perspectives under authoritarianism, demonstrating that Lao people make implicit political statements in their commentary on forests and wildlife; and showing that, in addition to being vital material resources, forests (and their natural potency) are linked in the minds of many Lao to the social and political power of the state. Sarinda Singh explores the intertwining of symbolic and material concerns in local debates over conservation and development, the popularity of wildlife consumption, the particular importance of elephants, and forest loss and mismanagement. In doing so, she draws on ethnographic fieldwork around Vientiane, the capital, and Nakai, site of the contentious Nam Theun 2 hydropower project--places that are broadly reflective of the divide between urban prosperity and rural poverty. Nam Theun 2, supported by the World Bank, highlights the local, regional, and global dynamics that influence discussions of forest resources in Laos. Government officials, rural villagers, and foreign consultants all contribute to competing ideas about forests and wildlife. Singh advances research on forest politics by rethinking how ideas about nature influence social life. Her work refutes the tendency to see modern social life as independent of historical influences, and her attention to viewpoints both inside and outside the state prompts an understanding of authoritarian regimes as not only sources of repression, but also sites of negotiation, engagement, and debate about the legitimacy of social inequalities
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Cataloging source
E7B
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Singh, Sarinda
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Southeast Asia : politics, meaning, and memory
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  • Forests and forestry
  • Forests and forestry
  • Forest policy
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Forest policy
  • Forests and forestry
  • Forests and forestry
  • Laos
  • Forstwirtschaft
  • Laos
Label
Natural potency and political power : forests and state authority in contemporary Laos, Sarinda Singh
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-184) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Peripheral engagements -- Comprehending conservation -- Appetites and aspirations -- Ecopolitical elephants -- Debating the forest -- Concealing forest decline -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn861528136
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (210 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824861223
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
6989167
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62r7bt
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)861528136
Label
Natural potency and political power : forests and state authority in contemporary Laos, Sarinda Singh
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-184) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Peripheral engagements -- Comprehending conservation -- Appetites and aspirations -- Ecopolitical elephants -- Debating the forest -- Concealing forest decline -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn861528136
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (210 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824861223
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
6989167
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62r7bt
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)861528136

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