Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

Paperback | March 17, 2016

byPamela D. McElwee

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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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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 abou...

Pamela D. McElwee is associate professor of human ecology at Rutgers University. She is the coeditor of Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.76 inPublished:March 17, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995483

ISBN - 13:9780295995489

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This meticulously documented and groundbreaking study reveals the ways in which the classification of forests is tied in to regimes of power, which in turn frames the political and economic meaning of what we so often assume are righteous ecological and environmental improvement projects.

- Erik Harms, author of Saigon's Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City