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Movement of Indigenous Communities Targeting an Agro-Industrial Investment in North-Eastern Cambodia

Young, S; (2016) Movement of Indigenous Communities Targeting an Agro-Industrial Investment in North-Eastern Cambodia. Asian Journal of Social Science , 44 (1-2) pp. 187-213. 10.1163/15685314-04401008. Green open access

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Abstract

This study examines the dynamics and outcomes of movements by indigenous communities that targeted an agro-industrial investment demanding remedy to adverse impacts on their socio-economic conditions. Since the employment of initial institutional tactics, such as peaceful protests and petitions, yielded no significant outcomes, the indigenous communities escalated their tactics to non-institutional tactics: Violent protests. To respond, the government chose a combination of partial repression and moderate concession. To address the government responses, as well as the demands of indigenous communities, the company mitigated most of the adverse socio-economic impacts. As a result, the indigenous communities were able to achieve most of their demands. This paper, therefore, concludes by arguing that tactical escalation of indigenous community movements from institutional to non-institutional tactics influences the government and company to address the demands of indigenous communities, and also shapes the behaviour of the company operating in a host country with lax and uncertain regulatory enforcement.

Type: Article
Title: Movement of Indigenous Communities Targeting an Agro-Industrial Investment in North-Eastern Cambodia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/15685314-04401008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685314-04401008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: indigenous communities; movement; (non-) institutional tactics; mechanisms of response; rubber; movement’s outcomes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070212
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