Hot Science, High Water

Assembling Nature, Society and Environmental Policy in Contemporary Vietnam

Eren Zink

304 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 124

Hardback - 2013, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 127 7, £50.00
Paperback - 2013, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 128 4, £18.99

  • Offers unique insight into the economy and politics of science, higher education and international development in Vietnam.
  • Challenges the notion that science in a developing country is different from, and subordinate to, science in the developed West.
  • Reveals the social, cultural and scientific practices that, together with natural processes, produce the facts of climate change in Vietnam. 

Hot Science, High Water explores the work of different generations of Vietnamese scientists as they engage with local and international efforts to conserve nature, address climate change, and carry out scientific research.

Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork in universities, government offices, and foreign embassies, as well as the muddy intertidal zones of coastal Vietnam, the study reveals scientists engaged in a politics of nature that is local and global, contemporary and historical, and natural and social. More generally, this book is an ethnography of science in a developing country grappling with the local implications of global networks of knowledge production, and shifting trends in international development policy.

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