The geopolitics of shifting cultivation in Thailand: a brief history of the 'hill tribe problem'.

K. Mckinnon

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Abstract

This chapter traces the ways in which highland development in Thailand, and its focus on transforming the shifting cultivation practices of highland minorities, was bound up with processes of nation building and the management of international geopolitics. Shifting cultivation came to be demonized in this setting. The chapter considers the role played by power and politics in creating particular understandings about swidden systems and shaping the policies that control agricultural development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShifting cultivation policies: balancing environmental and social sustainability
EditorsM. Cairns
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCABI
Chapter6
Pages97-112
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781786391797
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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    Mckinnon, K. (2017). The geopolitics of shifting cultivation in Thailand: a brief history of the 'hill tribe problem'. In M. Cairns (Ed.), Shifting cultivation policies: balancing environmental and social sustainability (pp. 97-112). CABI. https://doi.org/10.1079/9781786391797.0097