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Judith Ehlert
Beautiful Floods
Environmental Knowledge and Agrarian Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Reihe: ZEF Development Studies
Bd. 19, 2012, 256 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90195-8

Floods are generally perceived as natural hazards. This book, in contrast, portrays the `beautiful floods' of the Mekong Delta, which annually constitute a substantial resource for people's rural livelihoods. With a focus on floods, the author employs a `lifeworlds' analysis to investigate dynamics of environmental and livelihood knowledge among farming and fishing communities and demonstrates that rapid agrarian change has both positive and negative impacts.

Judith Ehlert is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Germany). She is a specialist in Southeast Asia and is currently working on the political ecology of food and agriculture.

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