Item description for Laos: Culture and Society by Grant Evans...
Laos stands at the centre of mainland Southeast Asia, sharing borders with all the main states in the region including China, so that when one touches on Laos, one touches the heart of the region. This study of culture and society in Laos inevitably leads into broader issues associated with all the surrounding societies and cultures concerning their origins and contemporary developments. Essays 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. And they look at Laos in its regional context, and at Lao businessmen in their new global context. Grant Evans is reader in anthropology at the University of Hong Kong.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 5.83" Height: 0.79" Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9748709043 ISBN13 9789748709048
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More About Grant Evans
Evans is reader in anthropology at the University of Hong Kong.
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Good collection Apr 25, 2001
There are some great essays in here that have not been published elsewhere. Original research
Misguided misconceptions Feb 22, 2001
Despite the growing need for flexible overviews of this part of the world, and, taking into account that the editor is an accomplished writer, this volume does not fill the need for even an undergraduate readership (let alone tourists!). It's poorly compiled and suffers from what must have been "old buddies" wanting in. A case in point is Trankell's paper. I've read it through twice and although I've spent two years of field work in the area (Trankell claims to have spent two weeks) I can't recognize any of the "data" she draws on to support point that escapes any sound mind. His paper is not the only bad one, but it does reflect badly on the entire composition of the volume.