The research carried out by RCSD faculty members and regional partners has highlighted the impacts of regionalization and economic development in a number of areas, in particular with regard to transnational migration, urban development and the impacts of environmental changes on a variety of social groups, as well as on poverty and health. These research findings have been published in the form of monographs and a series of working papers. A number of papers presented at RCSD conferences and regional seminars have also been published as collected volumes.
|Spatial Politics and Economic Development in the Mekong Sub-region
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Amporn Jirattikorn
|Revisiting Agrarian Transformations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: New Challenges
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Chusak Wittayapak
|Participatory Action Research: Embracing the Knowledge Perspective within Field Research
Dr. Maria Angelica Salas, Dr. Hermann J. Tillman
The purpose of this manual is to reach out to those students and researchers who wish to utilize PAR methods when researching the diverse modes of knowing of local people. PROMOTION: Get a free 'PAR in Practice' as supplement !!!
|The Politics of Decentralization - Natural Resource Management in Asia
Chusak Wittayapak and Peter Vandergeest
This book brings together empirically grounded studies of the decentralization of natural resource management in seven South and Southeast Asian countries. It provides a clear explanation of the key concept and debates in decentralization relevant to the management of forests, fisheries, and water in the region.
|Flexible Peasants: Reconceptualizing the Third World's Rural Types
The primary goal of peasants everywhere is survival. Yet the requirements of survival differ dramatically from one place to another. These distinct settings demand different strategies from peasants in different places. For the Lua peasants of Doi Phu Ka, Nan, the strategy of survival and their political project is framed within the politics of location. The assertions of their exclusive rights to territory are multi-vocally expressed through every day forms of resistance, including their agricultural production and ritual performances. Their legitimate claims are based upon their status as the "indigenous", their continuing residence on Doi Phu Kha, and the linkage between ethnic identity and local landscape. But for the Karen peasants of Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, currents of ethnicity and environmentalism are promoted by transforming their cultural capital into symbolic power in their struggle for control not only over forestland but also over symbolic value and its use in the construction of collective identity.
|Ambiguity of Identity: The Mieu in North Vietnam |
Nguyen Van Thang
The monograph is based on Nguyen Van Thang's Ph.D. dissertation at the department of Anthropology, University of Washington. It is a study on how a particular local community in northern Vietnam who identify themselves with the ethnonym "Mieu" or "Na Mieu" have adapted to a world which other peoples-the Tay and the Kinh-are dominant and how the modern state and, to a lesser extent, the modern economy, have increasingly reshaped the condition in which they live. It examines the pressure on Mieu people to adapt to this non-Mieu world by considering the nature of relations that they have had with the Tay and the Kinh, as well as pressures generated from policies of integration and transformation of the central state. It considers changes generated by Mieu's process of adaptation in relation to the reshaping influences that Mieu people have taken to construct their identify and the way in which they present themselves as a distinct people.