Floods are generally perceived as natural hazards. This book, in contrast, portrays the `beautiful floods' of the Mekong Delta, which annually constitute a substantial resource for people's rural livelihoods. With a focus on floods, the author employs a `lifeworlds' analysis to investigate dynamics of environmental and livelihood knowledge among farming and fishing communities and demonstrates that rapid agrarian change has both positive and negative impacts.
Judith Ehlert is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Germany). She is a specialist in Southeast Asia and is currently working on the political ecology of food and agriculture.