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Changing Lives in Laos

Society, Politics, and Culture in a Post-Socialist State

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.

496 pages | 25 halftones, 10 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2017

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Sociology: Social Change, Social Movements, Political Sociology

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"An encompassing analysis of contemporary processes of social, political, and cultural change in Laos."

Contemporary Southeast Asia

“Authored by established as well as emerging scholars of the country, all of the articles therein are grounded in solid research and accessible to the scholar and general reader alike. For these reasons, they should enjoy a wide audience.”

“This collected volume of 15 chapters is an invaluable contribution to the small but growing field of Laos Studies, and essential for understanding Laos’ contemporary political-economic, sociocultural, and environmental transformations.”

Miles Kenney-Lazar | Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

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