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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Series information, Title, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Notes on Language and Transliteration
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 15-60
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  1. 1 "We Are All Tai Lue": International Trade Fairs as Local Ethnic Affairs
  2. pp. 61-102
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  1. 2 "Normal Fruits for Laos, Premium Fruits for China": Transnational Flows of National Differences
  2. pp. 103-140
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  1. 3 "Thailand: High Quality; China: Low Price": "Banal Cosmopolitanism" in Local Marketplaces
  2. pp. 141-170
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  1. 4 "I Didn't Learn Any Occupation, so I Trade": Narratives of Insignificance
  2. pp. 171-194
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  1. 5 "No Matter What, We'll Find a Way": Uncertain (Chinese?) Futures
  2. pp. 195-220
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  1. Conclusion: Large Insights from Smallness
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-252
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048554409
MARC Record
OCLC
1344535618
Launched on MUSE
2022-09-18
Language
English
Open Access
No

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