Land acquisition through bricolage? Politics of smallholder acacia plantation expansion in upland Central Vietnam

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Title
Land acquisition through bricolage? Politics of smallholder acacia plantation expansion in upland Central Vietnam
Journal
The Journal of Peasant Studies
Author(s)
Nguyen Van Hai Thi, Kull Christian A.
ISSN
0306-6150
1743-9361
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/03/2022
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
1-28
Language
english
Abstract
Commodity booms can lead to intense pressure to access land resources. We investigate a case in which villagers, far from being passive victims of land grabs, acquire land themselves by navigating between customary institutions and state policies seeking to foster a forest transition and rural development. Based on fieldwork in an upland forest-rich commune in Central Vietnam, we describe specific mechanisms of enclosure, encroachment, theft, and re-claiming by which villagers re-territorialize forest spaces to their advantage. These mechanisms change and adapt over time, notably in response to a closing of the forest frontier, illustrating the challenges facing locals seeking livelihoods and state officials managing forests. The paper challenges dominant assumptions about local villagers’ positionality in the global land rush and calls for rethinking the nature of contemporary peasant politics worldwide.
Keywords
Land access and control, enclosure, encroachment, forest transition, agrarian transformation, smallholder plantations, acacia, Vietnam
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / Programmes / 400440-169430
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