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Praise for Projectland


breathtaking

Pierre Petit, Maître de recherche au FNRS et chargé de cours à l’ULB
Directeur de la revue Civilisations.


Projectland destroys some simplistic assumptions concerning ethnic minorities and their relation to the (socialist) state. It takes individual subjectivities and desires seriously, and highlights the social fragmentation below the surface of village ‘unity.’ The author provides a lucid analysis of the functioning of the Lao socialist Party-state at the margins, discussing the dialectic of transformation and resilience. High’s analysis goes beyond many village studies that mainly focus on livelihood and economic transformation. Unlike most studies that rely on socioeconomic data, Projectland touches the individual subjectivities of the villagers and the affective dimensions of the socialist state.”

Oliver Tappe, University of Heidelberg.


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