Forging solidarity and identity in the assembly of the poor: from local struggles to a national social movement in Thailand

  title={Forging solidarity and identity in the assembly of the poor: from local struggles to a national social movement in Thailand},
  author={Bruce David Missingham},
  journal={Asian Studies Review},
  pages={317 - 340}
  • B. Missingham
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Political Science
  • Asian Studies Review
Philip Hirsch (1997a; 1997b; Hirsch and Warren 1998) has pointed out that environmental movements in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia are largely based in local struggles by the poor to defend their livelihoods and access to local resources. For such poor, less powerful groups, environmental discourse has provided an ideological means for villagers to seek to legitimate their claims over land and other resources, and to make alliances with other local groups and outside social forces… 
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