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Interested in the politics of the Salween River

Excellent new book available free online (see link below)

"Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River"

edited by Carl Middleton and Vanessa Lamb


The Salween River, shared by China, Myanmar, and Thailand, is increasingly at the heart of pressing regional development debates.

The basin supports the livelihoods of over 10 million people, and within it there is great socio-economic, cultural and political diversity. Yet it is witnessing intensifying dynamics of resource extraction, alongside large dam construction, conservation and development intervention, that is unfolding within a complex terrain of local, national and transnational governance.

With a focus on the contested politics of water and associated resources in the Salween basin, this book explores a collection of case studies that highlight local knowledge and perspectives.

Given the limited social science studies in this contested basin, the book gives conceptual insights at the intersection of resource governance, development, and politics of knowledge.

The book is highly relevant to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners at a time when rapid change is underway.

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