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 across the country. Witnessing these changes, a group of 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 The contributions to this volume draw on original fieldwork materials and unpublished sources, and provide fresh analyses of topics ranging from the structures of power to the politics of territoriality and new forms of sociability in emerging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.
Vanina Bouté is an associate professor at the Sociology Department, University of Picardie, and a member of the Southeast Asia Centre (CNRS-EHESS).
Vatthana Pholsena is an 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).