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Whose "mountain reality"?: changing policies in Vietnam’s northern mountain area


Zingerli, C (2007). Whose "mountain reality"?: changing policies in Vietnam’s northern mountain area. Asiatische Studien / Etudes Asiatiques, 61(4):1045 -1075.

Abstract

This article discusses a number of representations of mountains that appear in the international mountain development debate. By adopting a discursive approach, the article analyses the meaning and power of these representations in policy programmes implemented in mountain areas. A case study in Ba Be district in northern Vietnam shows how some representations of mountains appear and become effective in the national and local policy contexts. Following a brief discussion on the room for more inclusive policy frameworks, the article concludes with a call for more reflexivity of dominant representations and a broader scope including the “mountain reality” of those who directly depend on mountain resources.

Abstract

This article discusses a number of representations of mountains that appear in the international mountain development debate. By adopting a discursive approach, the article analyses the meaning and power of these representations in policy programmes implemented in mountain areas. A case study in Ba Be district in northern Vietnam shows how some representations of mountains appear and become effective in the national and local policy contexts. Following a brief discussion on the room for more inclusive policy frameworks, the article concludes with a call for more reflexivity of dominant representations and a broader scope including the “mountain reality” of those who directly depend on mountain resources.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 61 (2007) > 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:21 Aug 2009 13:32
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 06:13
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
OA Status:Green

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