Postwar Laos and the Global Land Rush
- PUBLISHED: August 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Anthropology, Environmental Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 232 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 8 b&w illus., 7 maps, 1 table
- SERIES: Culture, Place, and Nature
- ISBN: 9780295750491
In the twenty-first century, transnational land deals in the Global South have become increasingly prevalent and controversial. Widely seen as a new global land grab, 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—one of China's first sustained forays into foreign land deals during the boom years of the early 2000s—to study the unbalanced geography of the new global land rush. Contemporary Laos serves as a stage on which the growing frustration with traditional Western assistance is leading to new forms of South-South development cooperation. 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.
Authors & Contributors
Michael Dwyer is assistant professor of geography at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dwyer 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
An original and brilliant book about a global land rush 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