Language : English
Published : 2017-08-15
Pages : 496
Changing Lives in Laos: New Perspectives on Society, Politics, and Culture in Laos
During the last two decades, Laos has undergone major transformations due to a massive influx of foreign investment. Improved communications and new forms of mobility have dramatically altered rural life. Changing Lives in Laos brings together contributions from young scholars that look closely at these transitions and the resulting rise of a new social, cultural, and economic order. The essays in this volume draw on original fieldwork and provide fresh analyses of topics such as the structures of power, the politics of territoriality, and new forms of sociability in emerging urban spaces.
About the Author
Vanina Boute is associate professor in the sociology department at the University of Picardie, France. Vatthana Pholsena is associate professor in the Department of Southeast Asia Studies at the National University of Singapore and a fellow of the French National Centre for Scientific Research.
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