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Integrated Studies of Social and Natural Environmental Transition in Laos

  • Satoshi Yokoyama
  • Kohei Okamoto
  • Chisato Takenaka
  • Isao Hirota
  • Helps readers to understand the contemporary social and environmental issues in Laos

  • Elucidates the traditional eco-knowledge of rural people

  • Discusses people’s response to social and environmental transition


Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tradition and Development

  3. Natural Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Kaya Kanemaru, Rezza Muhammad, Isao Hirota
      Pages 85-97
  4. Human–Nature Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Tomoya Abe, Takashi Sekiya, Kaya Kanemaru, Kohei Okamoto
      Pages 119-139
    3. Yoichi Watanabe, Makoto Shimomura, Xuesong Guo, Rezza Muhammad, Tetsuji Suzuki, Chisato Takenaka
      Pages 141-158
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-160

About this book


This book examines social and natural environmental changes in present-day Laos and presents a new research framework for environmental studies from an interdisciplinary point of view. In Laos, after the Lao version of perestroika, Chintanakaan Mai, in 1986, for better or worse, rural development and urbanization have progressed, and people’s livelihoods are about to change significantly. Compared to those of the neighboring countries of mainland Southeast Asia, however, many traditional livelihoods such as region-specific/ethnic-specific livelihood complexes, which combined traditional rice farming with a variety of subsistence activities, have been carried over into the present in Laos. The biggest challenge this book presents is to elucidate livelihood strategies of people who cope successfully with both social and environmental changes and to illustrate how to maintain this rich social and natural environment of Laos in the future. The book includes chapters on social, cultural, and natural concerns and on ethnicity, urbanization, and regional development in Laos. All chapters are based on original data from field surveys. These data will greatly contribute not only to local studies in Laos but also to environmental studies in developing countries.


Clinical Environmental Studies Land Use Laos and Geography Livelihood Change Livelihood in Laos Social and Environmental Transition

Editors and affiliations

  • Satoshi Yokoyama
    • 1
  • Kohei Okamoto
    • 2
  • Chisato Takenaka
    • 3
  • Isao Hirota
    • 4
  1. 1.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  4. 4.NagoyaJapan

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