Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam (Culture, Place, and Nature)

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  • Author: Pamela D. McElwee
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Product Description: Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century―from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics―as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes. Forest policy has rarely been about ecology or conservation for nature's sake, but about managing citizens and society, a process Pamela McElwee terms "environmental rule." Untangling and understanding these practices and networks of rule illuminates not just thorny issues of environmental change, but also the birth of Vietnam itself.
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