Resource Scarcity & the Hmong Response
Patterns of Settlement & Economy in Transition
By R.G. Cooper
Singapore University Press
OUT OF PRINT
This book traces the response of one mountain minority group - the Hmong (Meo) - to changing environmental circumstances. The Hmong are shown to be adapting their economic and social structure to meet a situation of increasing resource scarcity. Four Hmong villages are selected for study.
Two of these villages represent alternative economies: one continues swidden cash-crop opium production; the other has switched from an opium economy to an economy of permanent terraced rice cultivation and cash-crop cultivation. The third village is in transition from an opium economy to a permanent economy and the fourth represents an attempt by Thai government agencies to promote change from an opium to a permanent economy.
This book will have practical value to development agencies and is relevant to the academic disciplines of anthropology, economics, and geography.
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