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The making of resource frontier spaces in the Congo Basin and Southeast Asia: A critical analysis of narratives, actors and drivers in the scientific literature

Grace Y. Wong, Minda Holm, Niina Pietarinen, Alizee Ville and Maria Brockhaus

World Development Perspectives, 2022, vol. 27, issue C

Abstract: Forest frontiers are rapidly changing to sites of commodity agriculture throughout the tropics, with far-reaching transformations in landscapes and livelihoods. Many of the dynamics that drive frontier commodification are well-rehearsed since colonial times. Policies to deregulate markets, privatize or formalize land tenure and open borders to trade have stimulated resource exploitation. The accompanying territorial interventions such as new enclosures, reconfigured property regimes and claims are purposefully employed to create space and labor, and have radically reconfigured the relationships of millions of people to land and rule. Narratives of what is an opportunity for whom, who should benefit from these spaces, and what is a problem in need of a solution have shaped policies and development choices in frontiers over time.

Keywords: Forest frontiers; Narratives; Territorialization; Congo basin; Southeast Asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.wdp.2022.100451

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