Sites of Practice: Negotiating Sustainability and Livelihoods in Rural Cambodia

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Sites of Practice: Negotiating Sustainability and Livelihoods in Rural Cambodia

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dc.contributor.author Whittingham, Emma Wynne en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-09T11:52:01Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T17:01:59Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T10:57:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-15 en_GB
dc.description.abstract In literature and popular discourse sustainable development debates have a habit of polarizing around conflicting understandings. On the one hand sustainable development is interpreted as an extension of dominant neoliberal agendas, on the other it is constructed as an alternative to the mainstream. This thesis works through these positions, to argue for an understanding of sustainable development in the spaces between; where hegemony and counterhegemony slip and slide, collide, disrupt and confuse. It is a thesis about the entanglements of sustainable development policy; a study in which I contend that sustainable development is best understood through the multiple sites of practice where policy is enacted. Drawing upon notions of messiness and bringing together actor-orientated sociology and livelihoods approaches, I explore sustainable development as it is negotiated through networks of actors and livelihoods in rural Cambodia. Specifically, I present a study of two projects implementing community fisheries as an instrument of sustainable development policy in two remote provinces of Cambodia. It is a study about the different actors responsible for implementing each project, as well as the life worlds of rural villagers affected by them. Through an in-depth analysis grounded in the diverse realities of people in particular places, I uncover the struggles through which sustainable development is negotiated. I expose a policy interpreted through multiple, overlapping simplifications and assumptions and uncover how these are simultaneously produced, recirculated, contested and transformed in practice. Significantly, I highlight the destabalising consequences of a policy which attempts to legislate away diversity or difference. Thus, I reveal the possibility of alternative realities finding expression through spaces otherwise characterised by domination. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship CBNRM Learning Institute, Cambodia en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship RGS-IBG Slawson Award en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Departmental Scholarship (fees only) en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/107420 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject sustainable development en_GB
dc.subject livelihoods en_GB
dc.subject actor-orientated sociology en_GB
dc.subject messiness en_GB
dc.subject Cambodia en_GB
dc.subject community fisheries en_GB
dc.title Sites of Practice: Negotiating Sustainability and Livelihoods in Rural Cambodia en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-07-09T11:52:01Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T17:01:59Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T10:57:25Z
dc.contributor.advisor Little, Jo en_GB
dc.contributor.advisor Buller, Henry en_GB
dc.publisher.department Geography en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Geography en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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