Self-management Process and Strategies in Contesting and Negotiating of the Villagers in the Tourism Space of Ban Savang, Vang Vieng, Lao PDR.

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Bongkot Janchaiyaphum
Keeratiporn Jutaviriya
Jaggapan Cadchumsang

Abstract

The notion of “globalization from below” is exemplified by the villagers of Ban Savang in Lao PDR, where tourism has been promoted. The villagers have employed  self-management processes and strategies to contest and negotiate state power. Moreover, social capital has also developed. Although this conduct is not direct confrontation, the unheard “voices” of the villagers are strong enough to negotiate with state agents. These  practices occur regularly and are evident in the everyday life of the villagers. Such practices can be considered  strategies invented by people who have less power, who are more likely to intelligently challenge the authorities. The everyday life practices allow the villagers of Ban Savang to retain their pride and sense of belonging in the face of tourism development in the era of globalization. In terms of methodology, this study used the qualitative research method which focuses on data collection and interviewing along with both participant and non-participant observation. Data were analyzed through inductive analysis.

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Janchaiyaphum, B., Jutaviriya, K., & Cadchumsang, J. (1). Self-management Process and Strategies in Contesting and Negotiating of the Villagers in the Tourism Space of Ban Savang, Vang Vieng, Lao PDR. Journal of Mekong Societies, 9(2), 99-116. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/mekongjournal/article/view/11074
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