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- DescriptionThe Tai world spans much of mainland Southeast Asia, its largest groups being the Thai of Thailand, the Lao of Laos, the Shan of Burma and the Dai of southern China. Studies of this world often treat 'state' and 'community' as polar opposites: the state produces administrative uniformity and commercialization while community sustains tradition, local kwledge and subsistence ecomy. This assumption leads to the conclusion that the traditional community is undermined by the modern forces of state incorporation and market penetration. States rule and communities resist. Tai Lands and Thailand takes a very different view. Using thematic and ethgraphic studies from Thailand, Laos, Burma and southern China, its authors describe modern forms of community where state power intersects with markets, livelihoods and aspirations. Their aim is to liberate community from its stereotypical association with traditional village solidarity and to demonstrate that communal sentiments of belonging retain their salience in the modern world of occupational mobility, globalized consumerism and national development.It opens up fresh perspectives on a part of SE Asia undergoing a major transition. It will inform future studies of contemporary sociality in Southeast Asia.
- Author BiographyA fellow of the Australian National University's RSPAS, Andrew Walker works on issues of rural development, resource management and modernisation in northern Thailand. He is the co-founder of the New Mandala blog, one of the world's leading blogs discussing mainland Southeast Asia.
- PublisherNIAS Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleASAA Southeast Asia Series
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintNIAS Press
- Content Note25 illustrations
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Edited byAndrew Walker
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