Rescaling and Reordering Nature–Society Relations: The Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Dam and Laos–Thailand Electricity Networks

This article seeks to interrogate these links, showing how the hydrological flows of the XBF River are now transformed by regional power grids that are heavily shaped by fluctuations in energy demand in Thailand. The transformations of the XBF River dramatically illustrate a core principle of political ecology: Social power shapes nature–society relations and in doing so remakes ecologies. In narrating the transformation of the XBF, authors also seek to extend political ecology insights to the Thai and Greater Mekong electricity system as a highly regulated production and consumption network that embodies metabolic relationships to, and remakes, nature. NT2, authors argue, represents a shift in how that electricity system has been ordered, with knock-on effects for the relationship of Thai energy users to distant ecologies.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Electricity policy and administration
  • Energy
  • Hydropower dams
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
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Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(6) 2015, pp. 1221–1239. © 2015 by Association of American Geographers Copyright of Annals of the Association of American Geographers is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.

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Correspondence: Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706, e-mail: ibaird@wisc.edu (Baird); Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, Canada, e-mail: noah@quastel.com (Quastel).

Co-author (individual) Ian G. Baird, Noah Quastel
Publication place United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis, LLC.
Publication date 2015
Pagination 20
Keywords political ecology,air conditioning,electricity,nature-society relationships
Date uploaded August 22, 2017, 15:26 (UTC)
Date modified January 24, 2018, 13:56 (UTC)