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Published works

Books

2014. Fields of Desire: Poverty and Policy in Laos. NUS Press, Singapore.

2021. Projectland: Life in a Lao Socialist Model Village. University of Hawai’i Press. Honolulu.

Scholarly Journal Articles

2021. Laos in 2020: Reaping a harvest of unity and debt. Asian Survey. 61:1. Pp 144-148.

2020. A palang among the Kantu: Or, difference is a medicine. Anthropological Forum. 30:4. Pp 341-359.

2020. Laos in 2019: Climate change bites. Asian Survey. 60(1). Pp146-151

2020. Nutrition justice: Uncovering invisible pathways to malnutrition. Frontiers in Endocrinology, S. Hanieh, H. High and J. Boulton. 11. 1-9.

2020. Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Sekong Province Lao PDR 2018 – potential for improved surveillance and management in endemic regions. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, Annand, E., High, H., Wong, F., Phommachanh, P., Chanthavisouk, C., Happold. J., Dhingra, M., Eagles, D., Britton, P., Alders, R. 68:1. 168-182.

2019. The 2018 dam collapse in Attapeu, Laos: Charitable donations and the party-state thriving on crisis. Anthropology Today. 35:4. Pp26-28.

2014. “Electronic records of the air war over Southeast Asia.” The Journal of Vietnamese Studies. H. High, G Robson, J. Curran. 8(4), 86-124.

2013. With Pierre Petit. “Introduction: The study of the state in Laos” Asian Studies Review 37:4. 417-432.

2013. “Experimental consensus: Negotiating with the irrigating state in Laos.” Asian Studies Review. 37:4. 491-508.

2012. “Re-reading the potlatch in a time of crisis: Debt and the distinctions that matter.” Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 20:4, 363-379.

2012. “Anthropology and Anarchy: Horror, romance or science fiction?” Critique of Anthropology 32:2, 93-108.

2011. “Melancholia and Anthropology.” American Ethnologist 38:2, 217-233.

2010. “Ethnographic exposures: Motivations for Donations in the south of Laos (and beyond).” American Ethnologist. 37:2, 308-322.

2009. “The road to nowhere: poverty and policy in the south of Laos.” Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology 53, 75-88.

2009. “Complicities and complexities: Provocations from the study of resettlement in Laos.” Critical Asian Studies 41:4, 615-620.

2008. “The implications of aspirations: reconsidering resettlement in Laos.” Critical Asian Studies 40:4, 531-550.

2008. La guerre segretta degli Stati Uniti d’America contro la natura. It paesaggio violent del Laos. I Frutti di Demetra: bollettino di storia e ambiente, 16, 37-48.

2008. Violent landscape: Global explosions and Lao life-worlds. Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences 1:1, 58-81.

2006. “Ritualizing residency: Territory cults and a sense of place in southern Lao PDR.” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 7:3, 251-264.

2006. “Join together, work together, for the common good – solidarity! Village formation in southern Laos.” Sojourn 21:1, 22-45.

2004. High, H. ‘Black’ Skin,‘ White’ Skin: Riches and Beauty in Lao Women’s Bodies. Thai Yunnan Project Bulletin, 6, 7-9.  

Book Chapters and Entries

2019. Territory and the territory cults: Pregnancy and power in Monsoon Asia. Monster Anthropology: Ethnographic explorations of transforming social worlds through monsters. Edited by Yasmine Musharbash and Geir Henning Presterudstuen. Bloomsbury: London.

2018. Entry on “Potlatch” in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hilary Callan. Wiley Blackwell.

2018. Entry on “Trade” in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hilary Callan. Wiley Blackwell.

2016. “The only Buddhist in the Village”. Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia. Edited by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, and Mark Michael Rowe. University of Hawai’i Press: Honolulu. Pp 145-147.

2013. “Laos in 2012: In the name of democracy.” Southeast Asian Affairs 2013. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: Singapore. Pp 137-152.

2013. “Miss Beer Lao”. In E. Harms, J. Lindquist, and J. Barker (eds). Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia. University of Hawai’i Press: Honolulu. Pp 95-97.

2011. “Poverty and merit mobile persons in Laos”. In Kathleen M. Adams and Kathleen A. Gillogly (eds). Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. Pp 37-46.

2010. “Laos 2009: Crisis and resource contestation.” Daljit Singh (ed). Southeast Asian Affairs 2010. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: Singapore.

2009. The Spirit of Community: Puta belief and communal sentiments in Southern Laos. In Tai Lands and Thailand: Community and state in Southeast Asia. Andrew Walker (ed). 84-95. NIAS Press, Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with University of Hawai’i Press: Honolulu.

2008. “Dreaming beyond Borders: The Thai/Lao borderlands and the mobility of the marginal.” On the Borders of State Power: Frontiers in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Martin Gainsborough (ed).75-100. Routledge: London.

Book Reviews

2016. Review of Tania Li (2014). Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier.” Duke University Press. For Oceania. 86:2. 209-210.

2015. Review of Hjorleifur Jonsson (2014). Slow Anthropology: Negotiating difference with the Iu Mien. For Sojourn. 30:3. 880-883.

2014. Review of Hirokazu Miyazaki (2013). Arbitraging Japan: Dreams of capitalism at the end of finance. For The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 15. 93-93.

2013. Review of Howell, Signe and Aude Talle, Eds. (2012). “Returns to the Field: Multitemporal research and contemporary anthropology.” Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis. For Social Anthropology. 21. 3. 403-422

2012. Review of “Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta.” By David Biggs, University of Washington Press: Seattle and London. For H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 2, 5.

2012. Review of “Debt: The first 5,000 years” by David Graeber, Melville Publishing House, New York. For Cambridge Anthropology. 30:1, 152-153.

2012. Review of “Tracks and Traces: Essays in memory of Andrew Turton” edited by Phillip Hirsch and Nicolas Tapp, Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 43:1, 208-209.

2011. Review of “Creating Laos: The making of a Lao space between Indochina and Siam, 1860-1945.” NIAS Monographs 112, Nordic Institute of Asia Studies. Copenhagen NIAS Press, 2008. Journal of Siam Society 98, 279-280.

2005. Review of “Goddess on the Rise: Pilgrimage and Popular Religion in Vietnam.” Asian Studies Review. 29:4, 438-439.

2005. Review of “The Lao: gender, power, and livelihood.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 36:4.

2005. Review of “Laos and Ethnic Minority Cultures: promoting heritage.” Asian Studies Review 29:1, 98-99.

Other writings

2018. “From Giving to Sharing.” Good Good Times. Spring edition. Page 6.

2007. “Singing history, remembering landscapes, memorializing violence” On New Mandala: New perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia January 17th, 2007 http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/

2007. “The rich don’t go to prison, and the poor don’t go to hospital” On New Mandala: New

2007 “Violent landscape” On New Mandala: New perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia January 11th, 2007 http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/

2007 “Classify, define, require” On New Mandala: New perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia December 19th, 2006. http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/

2007 “Seminar: tool of oppression or reunification?” New Mandala: New perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia December 13th, 2006. http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/

2007 “Welcome to Vieng Say” On New Mandala: New perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia December 10th, 2006. http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/

2006 “‘Black’ skin ‘white’ skin: riches and beauty in Lao women’s bodies.” Thai-Yunnan Project Bulletin 6. 7-9. http://rspas.anu.edu.au/anthropology/thai-yunnan/typbulletin6.pdf

2005 “Cooperation as gift versus cooperation as corveé. Some notes on why Lao rice farmers cooperate for rice production much more easily than they do for state projects”. Paper presented at the 2005 Yale Southeast Asian Studies conference. Full paper available at http://www.yale.edu/seas/SEAConf05Presenters.htm