Laos: Culture and Society

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"The high quality of all of the essays makes this volume a must read for the Southeast Asian specialist.... For the general reader interested in Southeast Asia, these essays are accessible and informative" (CHOICE).

About the Publication

This is the first comprehensive social and cultural study of Laos in forty years. Laos stands at the centre of mainland Southeast Asia. It shares borders with all the main states there, including China, so that when one touches on Laos, one touches the heart of the region.

                 While all the essays in this volume take Laos as their focal points, they raise issues which overflow the boundaries of the Lao state. They ask: what is Lao culture and society, and is it confined to Laos? They focus on the creation of the idea of Laos and its culture, whether it be through literature, tourism, or the activities of nationalists, thereby contributing to more general debates on the nature of Southeast Asian nationalism. They look at questions of minorities in Laos and issues of ethnic change. Finally, they examine Laos in both its regional and global contexts.

Co-publication: ISEAS / Trasvin

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Trasvin Publications L.P. (Silkworm Book


Preliminary Pages, by Grant Evans, author
1. Introduction: What is Lao Culture and Society?, by Grant Evans, contributor
2. From Buffer State to Crossroads State: Spaces of Human Activity and Integration in the Lao PDR, by Randi Jerndal, contributor
3. Towards a New Laos: Lao Nhay and the Campaign, by Soren Ivarsson, contributor
4. Women, Space, and History: Long-Distance Trading in Northwestern Laos, by Andrew Walker, contributor
5. Elites in Exile: Transnational Lao Culture, by Si-ambhaivan Sisombat Souvannavong, contributor
6. Ethnic Change in Highland Laos, by Grant Evans, contributor
7. The Lue of Muang Sing, by Khampheng Thipmuntali, contributor
8. Apprentice Ethnographers: Vietnam and the Study of Lao Minorities, by Grant Evans, contributor
9. Royal Relics: Ritual and Social Memory in Louang Prabang, by Ing-Britt Trankell, contributor
11. Books of Search: The Invention of Traditional Lao Literature as a Subject of Study, by Peter Koret, contributor
12. Lao as a National Language, by Nick Enfield, contributor
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