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Development’s Displacements

Economies, Ecologies, and Cultures at Risk

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Development’s Displacements

Economies, Ecologies, and Cultures at Risk

As multilateral agencies, social movements, and state authorities worldwide struggle to cope with the effects of large-scale development projects, the problem of displacement remains unresolved. This volume seeks to address displacement as a broad and multilayered phenomenon. A series of illustrative case studies drawn from around the globe provide causal accounts of why and how displacement occurs, what its effects on communities, ecosystems, and economies look like, and the normative or ethical positions held by key actors involved. Contributors offer economic, political, and cultural analyses, as well as extensive ethnographic field research, to present a picture of displacement that illustrates the depth and the breadth of the issue.

288 pages

Table of Contents


1. Introduction / Peter Vandergeest, Pablo Idahosa, and Pablo S. Bose

Part 1: Displacement, Multinationals, and the State

2. Who Defines Displacement? The Operation of the World Bank Involuntary Resettlement Policy in a Large Mining Project / David Szablowski

3. Gendered Implications: Development-Induced Displacement in Sudan / Amani El-Jack

4. Uprooting Communities and Reconfiguring Rural Landscapes: Industrial Tree Plantations and Displacement in Sarawak, Malaysia, and Eastern Thailand / Keith Barney

Part 2: Displacement and Neoliberalism

5. Enforcement and/or Empowerment? Different Displacements Induced by Neoliberal Water Policies in Thailand / Michelle Kooy

6. Displacements in Neoliberal Land Reforms: Producing Tenure (In)Securities in Laos and Thailand / Peter Vandergeest

7. Contested Territories: Development, Displacement, and Social Movements in Colombia / Sheila Gruner

8. Dams, Development, and Displacement: The Narmada Valley Development Projects / Pablo S. Bose

Part 3: Conservation and Displacement

9. Upon Whose terms? The Displacement of Afro-Descendent Communities in the Creation of Costa Rica's National Parks / Colette Murray

10. Entanglements: Campesino and Indigenous Tenure Insecurities on the Honduran North Coast / Sharlene Mollett

11. Conclusion / Pablo Idahosa, Peter Vandergeest, and Pablo S. Bose



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