Tai lands and Thailand: community and state in Southeast Asia
Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with University Of Hawai'i Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 261 pages
Most current ethnographic work on the Tai world of mainland Southeast Asia associates community with tradition, locality, and subsistence economy. This book challenges the view that community is a traditional social form being undermined by the modern forces of state incorporation, market penetration, and population mobility. Using case studies from Thailand, Laos, Burma, and China, the collection explores the creation of "modern community" in contexts of economic and political transformation.
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