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Environmental social movements in Thailand: how important is class?

By Tim Forsyth


This paper argues that current academic approaches to environmentalism in developing countries understate the role of class in either dominating political alliances, or in constructing underlying environmental discourse. The paper uses examples of various social movements in Thailand to illustrate the diverse ways in which environmental activism may represent or support different political objectives. It is proposed that analysts need to pay more attention to the origin of much environmental discourse from new, or identity-based social movements both within Thailand and elsewhere, and to seek ways to understand the ‘co-production’ of social activism and environmental knowledge

Topics: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Brill
Year: 2001
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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