Title: Community Forest a Heterotopia
Other Titles: The Case of the Mu Community Forest - Ngoc Son - Ngo Luong Nature Reserve Vietnam
Authors: Nguyen, Ngoc Quang ×
Wildemeersch, Danny
Masschelein, Jan #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Gordon and Breach
Series Title: The International Journal of Environmental Studies vol:70 issue:6 pages:877-892
Abstract: This paper examines issues of culture and power in regard to the Mu sacred forest, Vietnam, a community forest. The research uses Foucault’s notion of ‘heterotopia’ as a heuristic tool to interpret forest management. It appears that the Mu sacred forest can be understood as a space of “self reflective construction”, but also a space that might dissolve, destabilise, interrupt, and suspend power. The moment of power suspension is frees people from their usual frames. They can escape to some extent from authority and repression. This suggests that sustainable forest management can be promoted through acceptance of local culture and that community forest can be a “space of suspension and learning”.
ISSN: 0020-7233
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Education, Culture and Society
Education and Society
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