Changing Lives in Laos: Society, Politics and Culture in a Post-Socialist State

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Forthcoming April 2017

Edited by Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena

Changes in the character of the political regime in Laos after 2000, a massive influx of foreign investment, and disruptions to rural life arising from improved communications and new forms of mobility within and across the borders have produced a major transformation. Alongside these changes, a group of young scholars carried out studies that document the rise of a new social, cultural and economic order. The contributions to this volume draw on original fieldwork materials and unpublished sources, and provide fresh analyses of topics ranging from the structures of power to the politics of territoriality and new forms of sociability in emerging urban spaces.


"In Changing Lives in Laos, Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena have assembled an invaluable collection of papers on Laos by some of the key established and emerging scholars of the country, based around the world."
Jonathan Rigg, National University of Singapore

"Studying state formation as well as new economic trends, and addressing issues such as the cultural integration of ethnic minorities and rural migration, the book demonstrates how in less than fifty years Lao society has been deeply transformed and analyses convincingly the various dynamics at work today."
Yves Goudineau, Director of the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), Chair in Comparative Anthropology of Southeast Asia (Paris)



Vanina Bouté is associate professor at the Sociology Department, University of Picardie.

Vatthana Pholsena is associate professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and a Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).


Publication Year: 2017
496 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-981-4722-26-1, Paperback
25 b/w illustrations, 10 maps and tables

NUS Press