Vietnam and the Mekong : Illict Economy- University of Birmingham

This Documentary explores the reasons behind the rise in animal trafficking in Vietnam through the Mekong river and how economic growth in Vietnam is contributing to the rise in animal trafficking and consumption. By incorporating the theoretical framework of social constructivism alternative solutions can be found to combat this illicit trade which is having a detrimental effect on endangered species and the biodiversity of the Mekong.

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Overview of social constructionism and its potential applications for social work education and research in Vietnam

Trần Văn Kham

VNU Journal of Science: Social Sciences and Humanities 29 (4), 2016
Social theory of international relations

Alexander Wendt

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
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