Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Natural Potency and Political PowerForests and State Authority in Contemporary Laos$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sarinda Singh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835712

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835712.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 28 September 2021

Peripheral engagements

Peripheral engagements

(p.1) 1 Peripheral engagements
Natural Potency and Political Power

Sarinda Singh

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines the place occupied by wildlife and forests in politicized discourses in Laos, showing that such discourses are vibrant in a context where they are often assumed to be effectively suppressed. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted mainly in Vientiane and in Nakai District, Khammouane Province, the book considers the ways in which the people of Laos make indirect political statements in their commentary on social and environmental changes taking place throughout the country. It argues that forests often figure in politicized discourses because of their symbolic potency in Lao worldviews, where forests can speak of Lao identity, aspirations, and authority. It explains how forests and state authority are linked by explicit features of governance and by more implicit connotations of Lao worldviews that can be used to support or challenge the legitimacy of social inequities. This introductory chapter provides an overview of governance in post-socialist Laos, different perspectives on the Lao state, and forests as social symbols.

Keywords:   wildlife, forests, Laos, social changes, environmental changes, Lao identity, state authority, governance, Lao worldviews, social inequities

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.