The Hmong, the Environment, and the Question of the ‘Other’: A Study of the Conflict in Nan Province, Thailand
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The current economic paradigm of development and globalization has irreversibly effected the natural environment. The environment in developing nations is being disproportionately compromised as a result of population pressures as well as developed nations tendency to export the most environmentally damaging industries to developing nations. Another important, but seemingly unrelated world issue is that of increasing ethnic conflicts. Recent conflicts in northern Thailand between lowland Thais and Hmong hilltribes offer a unique insight into the ways in which environmental stresses and perceptions of the ‘other’ merge to create ethnic conflict within the region.