Changes in Understandings of Land in Laos: From State Sovereignty to Capital Mobilization

My discussion with Mrs Khamtanh is relevant for thinking about how peoples conceptualizations of land have changed in Laos, not only between non-communist and communist periods, but also since economic reforms were implemented in Laos in the mid-1980s, and especially since the 2003 Land Law was adopted, as it provides the legal framework for permitting foreign investors to receive large plantation concessions, something that would not have happened during Mrs Khamtanhs time. I argue here that understandings in Laos about land and national sovereignty have significantly shifted over the last few decades, with land now being increasingly financialized and seen as an asset for attracting foreign private investment, rather than being viewed as sovereign territory that should not be allowed to be controlled by foreigners.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Thai
Topics Land
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Ian G. Baird
Publisher Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 25
Publication date 2019
Pagination 7
Date uploaded March 12, 2019, 07:17 (UTC)
Date modified December 9, 2019, 04:09 (UTC)