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Natural Potency and Political Power – Forests and State Authority in Contemporary Laos - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Natural Potency and Political Power: Forests and State Authority in Contemporary Laos

Sarinda Singh


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. This book challenges common views of the rural countryside as isolated and disconnected from national social debates and politics under an authoritarian regime. It offers a novel understanding of local perspectives under authoritarianism, demonstrating that Lao people make implicit political statements in their commentary on forests and wildl ... More

Keywords: forests, political power, countryside, authoritarianism, Laos, conservation, wildlife, elephants, hydropower, Nam Theun 2

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835712
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarinda Singh, author
University of Queensland