Communal irrigation, state, and capital in the Chiang Mai Valley (northern Thailand)

twentieth-century transformations

Paul T. Cohen, Ross E. Pearson

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Transformations this century is communal irrigation in the Chiang Mai Valley, northern Thailand, are examined under the impact of political and economic changes such as state centralization, th intensification of capitalist agriculture, and urbanization. An anthropological political economy perspective is applied in placing anthropological subjects (irrigation weir communities and their leaders) at the intersection of local, and national and global processes which allows scope for the agency for these subjects within the structural constraints imposed by political economy changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-110
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998


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