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.
|Title of host publication||Shifting cultivation policies: balancing environmental and social sustainability|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
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