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Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos

Diana, Antonella


Chinese-established Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Laos have been criticised as being sites of neoliberal exception, sustained by a Chinese logic of self-entrepreneurship and selfdetermination—or a soft version of colonialera extraterritoriality. This essay argues that such areas are, in fact, a frontier space of post-socialist ad hoc experimentation, within which the Lao state haphazardly tests new socioeconomic and governing mechanisms under authoritarian rule in order to produce revenue and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2018-04
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.22459/MIC.04.2018.12
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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