Conferencia: “El Estado y los campesinos en las montañas del sudeste de Asia”


 GEAS (Grupo de Estudios Ambiente y Sociedad) lo invita a la conferencia

“El Estado y los campesinos  en las montañas del sudeste de Asia”

Miércoles 7 de mayo, 6PM.

Sala de Grados, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

Presentaciones de

  • Sarah Turner, McGill University
  • Rice at what price? Food Security, Livelihoods and State Interventions in Viertnam uplands.

Abstract: While national food self-sufficiency remains a preoccupation of Vietnam’s government, the focus of these concerns tends to be output levels, price, and production for the market. I argue that this approach ignores the daily realities of an important group of rice producers and consumers in Vietnam, namely upland ethnic minorities, for whom food security is a preoccupation, and for whom fluctuations in global grain demand mean little for their daily coping mechanisms and near-subsistence livelihoods. As the Vietnamese government has moved to improve food security – and one could argue – increase market integration and the state’s ‘distance demolishing technologies’ in these uplands (Scott 2009), producers have been strongly encouraged to switch to hybrid rice seeds. Yet, little research has incorporated the everyday, subjective experiences of upland minority groups growing this crop. As such, this paper takes an actor-oriented, livelihoods approach to examine food security issues at the micro level in upland Vietnam. I research how ethnic minorities have reacted to the introduction of hybrid seeds, their negotiations with the State over their use, and their trials and tribulations along the way.

  • Jean Michaud, Université Laval.
  • Can James Scott’s notion of Zomia travel safely from Asia to South Ametrica?

Abstract: According to political scientist James C. Scott’s thesis in his 2009 book “The Art of not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia” (Yale), the adjacent highlands of mainland Southeast Asia, southwest China and northeastern India all form together a distinct historical and social space. One where various minority societies have over time taken refuge to flee forced inclusion into the state of surrounding lowland polities. But one also where local societies have refused to allow social differentiation to even flourish from the inside – not unlike Pierre Clastres’ thesis of ‘Society against the State’ (1974). First, is this a realistic assessment of the situation in Asia’s highlands? And second, can this thesis travel comfortably to the Andean world?

Comentarios a cargo de Jorge Recharte (Instituto de Montaña) y Guillermo Salas (PUCP)

Las presentaciones serán en inglés



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