"Join together, work together, for the common good - solidarity": village formation processes in the rural south of Laos

High, Holly 2006, "Join together, work together, for the common good - solidarity": village formation processes in the rural south of Laos, SOJOURN:journal of social issues in Southeast Asia, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 22-45.

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Title "Join together, work together, for the common good - solidarity": village formation processes in the rural south of Laos
Author(s) High, Holly
Journal name SOJOURN:journal of social issues in Southeast Asia
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 22
End page 45
Publisher Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Place of publication Pasir Panjang, Singapore
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 0217-9520
1793-2858
Keyword(s) Asian village
Contemporary rural Laos.
Decentralization
Poverty reduction policies
Village formation processes
Summary This article explores the concept of the solidary village in contemporary Laos. It argues that the "village" today is not a fixed, primordial entity, but a continually emergent formation resulting from numerous processes, including but not limited to modern state processes. The notion of "village" circulates in the ambiguous "common sense" pertaining to rural Laos, in the attitudes, expectations, representations, and regulated requirements of the rural, in what I term village formation projects. Case studies of "village formation projects" in one village in southern Laos illustrate not only the importance of the village concept, but also its indeterminacy and fluidity, and the ensuing difficulty of achieving the "solidarity" and cooperative donation required by poverty reduction policies.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003660

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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