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

journal contribution
posted on 01.04.2006, 00:00 authored by Holly High
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.

History

Journal

SOJOURN:journal of social issues in Southeast Asia

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pagination

22 - 45

Publisher

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Location

Pasir Panjang, Singapore

ISSN

0217-9520

eISSN

1793-2858

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies