Roses & rifles : experiments of governing on the China-Laos frontier
This thesis explores the use of the border in governing on the China-Laos frontier. By focusing on the notion of ‘frontier’, the thesis breaks with views of border regions as sites of anomie and state avoidance. It presents the frontier not simply as a field of confrontation between state and society but instead, as a “middle ground” (White 1991), a socio-economic and cultural space where the practices of peripheral subjects intersect with central powers, producing heterogeneous scenarios...[Show more]
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