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Shaping Public Understandings of Environmental Degradation: Measuring Public Participation in Environmental Narratives About Thailand's Forests, 1968-2000

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Forsyth, Tim
Conference: Politics of the Commons: Articulating Development and Strengthening Local Practices
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Conf. Date: July 11-14, 2003
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/957
Sector: Forestry
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
forest management
community forestry
environmental policy
citizen participatory management
Abstract: "This paper advances a new methodology for understanding the evolution of environmental narratives in developing countries based on the historic analysis of newspaper reporting. The method employed presents a quantitative measurement of different participation in newspaper reports about forest conflicts in Thailand between 1968 and 2000, and an indication of how forest conflicts were framed as either conservationist, livelihood-oriented, or pro-industrialization. The method allows new steps to be taken in understanding the impact of participation upon redefining environmental narratives, and of means of understanding environmental history critically as a powerful, yet politically-shaped contributor to environmental narratives."

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