Postwar Laos and the Global Land Rush
- PUBLISHED: September 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 250 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 8 b&w illus., 7 maps, 1 table
- SERIES: Culture, Place, and Nature
- ISBN: 9780295750491
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In the twenty-first century, land deals in the Global South have become increasingly prevalent and controversial. Transnational access to arable land in impoverished "land-rich" countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia highlights the link between the shifting geopolitics of economic development and problems of food security, climate change, and regional and international trade. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research, Upland Geopolitics uses the case of Chinese agribusiness investment in northern Laos to study the unbalanced geography of the new global land rush. Connecting the current rubber plantation boom to a longer trajectory of foreign intervention in the region, Upland Geopolitics reveals how legacies of Cold War conflict continue to pave the way for transnational enclosure in a socially uneven landscape.
Upland Geopolitics is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) and the generous support of Indiana University.
Authors & Contributors
Michael Dwyer is assistant professor of geography at Indiana University Bloomington.
Michael Dwyer’s engaging analysis of upland geopolitics shows that Laos has been the mother of many outlandish ideas, but these ideas have had real, material, environmental and political consequences.- Journal of Peasant Studies
This book and its focus not only raise critical questions about the stories of Laos but about how scholars can contribute to a lineage of attempts at understanding Southeast Asia in the world. This book and the questions it raises will be of interest to scholars and students focusing on natural resource governance, land grabbing, transnational investment, political ecology, and geopolitics, within and beyond Southeast Asia.- Eurasian Geography and Economics
A corporate land concession is not simply a legal contract. It is complex geo-political and social operation in which governance, rent seeking, and promises of development intersect and collide on particular terrain. Intrigued by the chronic opacity of global land deals, Dwyer explores their making with insight and skill.- Tania Li, coauthor of Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia's Oil Palm Zone
An original and brilliant book that is embedded in geopolitics and global capitalism. It will appeal to scholars and activists alike who are deeply concerned about the future of humanity and our planet.- Saturnino M. Borras Jr., coeditor of Governing Global Land Deals: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land
Adds historical depth as well as geographical nuance to how scholars have sought to understand Laos's recent territorialization.- Jonathan Rigg, author of Rural Development in Southeast Asia: Dispossession, Accumulation and Persistence
A strong contribution to the geopolitics of land grabbing in Southeast Asia, Upland Geopolitics provides vital insights into the dynamics of dispossession.- Robin Biddulph, coeditor of Inclusive Tourism Development