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Cross-Border Traders in Northern Laos : Mastering Smallness

Author :  Simon Rowedder

Product Details

  • Country Netherlands
  • Publisher Amsterdam University Press, Netherland
  • ISBN9789463722360
  • FormatHardBound
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2022
  • Bib. Info264p. ; 15.6x23.4cm. Includes Index ; Bibliography
  • Product Weight550 gms.
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Northern Laos has become a prominent spot in large-scale, top-down mappings and studies of neoliberal globalisation and infrastructural development linking Thailand and China, and markets further beyond. Yet in the common narrative, in which Laos appears as a weak victim helplessly exposed to its larger neighbours, attention is seldom paid to local voices. This book fills this gap. Building on long-term multi-sited fieldwork, it accompanies northern Lao cross-border traders closely in their transnational worlds of mobilities, social relations, economic experimentation and aspiration. Cross-Border Traders in Northern Laos: Mastering Smallness demonstrates that these traders’ indispensable but often invisible role in the everyday workings of the China-Laos-Thailand borderland economy relies on their rhetoric and practices of ‘smallness’—of framing their transnational trade activities in a self-deprecating manner and stressing their economic inferiority. Decoding their discursive surface of insignificance, this ethnography of ‘smallness’ foregrounds remarkable transnational social and economic skills that are mostly invisible in Sino-Southeast Asian borderland scholarship.

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