Book ID: CBB794913693

Living with floods in a mobile Southeast Asia : A political ecology of vulnerability, migration and environmental change (2019)


Carl Middleton (Editor)
Elmhirst, Rebecca (Editor)
Suphāng Čhanthawānit (Editor)


Publication Date: 2019
Edition Details: Book Series: Routledge studies in development, mobilities and migration
Physical Details: 201
Language: English

This book contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between migration, vulnerability, resilience and social justice associated with flooding across diverse environmental, social and policy contexts in Southeast Asia. It challenges simple analyses of flooding as a singular driver of migration, and instead considers the ways in which floods figure in migration-based livelihoods and amongst already mobile populations. Developing a conceptual framework based on a ‘mobile political ecology’ the authors pay particular attention to the multidimensionality, temporalities and geographies of vulnerability. The focus is on identifying the environmental, social, institutional and political factors that produce and perpetuate vulnerabilities that provide context to capacities (or lack thereof) of individuals and households. These include: the sociopolitical dynamics of floods, flood hazards and risky environments, the characteristics of migration and migrant-based livelihoods and the policy environments through which these take shape. Organised around a series of eight empirical urban and rural case studies in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, where lives are marked by mobility and by floods associated with the region’s monsoonal climate, the book concludes by synthesising the insights of the case studies, and suggests future policy directions. Together, the chapters highlight critical policy questions around the governance of migration, institutionalised disaster response strategies and broader development agendas. (Publisher)

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Authors & Contributors
Gislén, Lars
Eade, J. C.
McCarthy, Angela
Coleborne, Catharine
Demeritt, David
Escobar, Maria Paula
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Public Understanding of Science
Health and History
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Wellcome Open Research
Harvard University Press
Berghahn Books
Palgrave Macmillan, published by Springer Nature
Editorial Biblos
Penguin Random House India
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Emigration; immigration
Flood control
Cross-national comparison
Time measurement
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
Myanmar (Burma)
Southeast Asia
École Française d'Extrême-Orient

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