Book review of "Changing Lives in Laos: society, politics, and culture in a post-socialist state" ed. by Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena. Singapore, NUS Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-981-4722-26-1

Sims, Kearrin (2017) Book review of "Changing Lives in Laos: society, politics, and culture in a post-socialist state" ed. by Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena. Singapore, NUS Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-981-4722-26-1. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 39 (3). pp. 583-586.

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Abstract

Academic research on Laos has grown significantly over the past decade. This growth in the field of Lao studies is well synthesized in Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena's edited volume Changing Lives in Laos. Incorporating the expertise of an impressive range of scholars, the 15-chapter book is thematically grouped under four research themes: state formation and political legitimation; natural resource governance and agrarian change; ethnic minorities' engagement with modernity; and mobility and migration. Each of these prominent themes is comprehensively addressed and, while different chapters will naturally appeal to different readers, the book successfully delivers an encompassing analysis of contemporary processes of social, political and cultural change in Laos.

Item ID: 52991
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1793-284X
Keywords: Laos, society, culture
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Research Data: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/683842/pdf
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 02:13
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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