Laos: Culture and Society
By Evans, Grant (editor)
Pp. xi, 313. Original color pictorial stiff wrappers, lg 8vo. This volume is the first comprehensive social and cultural study of Laos in forty years. Laos stands at the center of mainland Southeast Asia. It shares 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. Any 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. While all the essays in this volume take Laos as their focal point they raise issues which overflow the boundaries of the Lao state. 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. And they look at Laos in its regional context, and at Lao businessmen in their new global context (modified from the blurb on the rear cover). No ownership marks and no signs of use.
|Publisher Place||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Date Published Estimated||1999|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||A fine (new) copy.|