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Managing risk and vulnerability in Asia : a (re)study from Thailand, 1982-83 and 2008.

Rigg, J. D. and Salamanca, A. (2009) 'Managing risk and vulnerability in Asia : a (re)study from Thailand, 1982-83 and 2008.', Asia pacific viewpoint., 50 (3). pp. 255-270.

Abstract

In the 1980s, rural settlements in the Northeast of Thailand were farming focused, and strategies of living were structured around the need to secure subsistence in the face of a capricious environment and a weak developmental state. More than half of households in the region lived below the poverty line, and the immediate prospects for 'development' were not bright. Drawing on a 25-year longitudinal study of two villages in Mahasarakham, the paper describes and reflects on how risk and vulnerability have been re-shaped during a quarter of a century of profound economic and social change. From largely environmental and local, the pattern of risk and opportunity have become increasingly economic and non-local as external events wash across the shores of rural settlements like Ban Non Tae and Ban Tha Song Korn.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Risk, Thailand, Vulnerability.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (549Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2009.01399.x
Record Created:15 Jan 2010 13:50
Last Modified:07 Dec 2011 09:27

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