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dc.contributor.authorGorman, Timothy Michael
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-23T13:22:08Z
dc.date.available2021-05-11T06:00:49Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-30
dc.identifier.otherGorman_cornellgrad_0058F_10871
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornellgrad:10871
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 10489450
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59365
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation draws on multiple methods, including archival research, household survey data, and interviews, to examine the forces, actors, and relations that have transformed the Mekong Delta into the foremost hub of rice production in Vietnam, as well as the ways in which the future of rice production – and with it Vietnam’s broader food security – is being challenged by both climate change and by the shifting livelihoods of farmers themselves. The first paper traces how the social and environmental landscape of the Mekong Delta was transformed over the course of the 20th century through the construction of water management infrastructures such as dikes, dams, and sluice gates, with the overall aim of increasing rice production. The second paper uses survey data from two areas — one engaged in rice agriculture and the other shrimp aquaculture — to examine the divergent dynamics of accumulation and dispossession within these two production systems. The final paper focuses on conflicts which have emerged between shrimp farmers and the state around infrastructure projects designed to ensure national food security and adapt to global climate change. As the state has built up new barriers to protect the rice fields of the Mekong, these efforts have encountered resistance from shrimp farmers themselves, who have engaged in acts of “counter-accumulation,” as by subverting government infrastructure and covertly rebuilding the productive forces in shrimp aquaculture.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAsian studies
dc.subjectresistance
dc.subjectVietnam
dc.subjectDevelopment
dc.subjectSociology
dc.subjectEnvironmental studies
dc.subjectInfrastructure
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.titleMaking and Unmaking an Agricultural Miracle: Infrastructure, Accumulation, and Resistance in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineDevelopment Sociology
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePh. D., Development Sociology
dc.contributor.chairWolford, Wendy W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilliams, Linda Brooks
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPfeffer, Max John
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/X49C6VPF


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