Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Articles

Invisible Walls: Village Identity and the Maintenance of Cooperation in Laos

W. Randall Iresona1

a1 Salem, Oregon, USA

Abstract

Inter-household relations in lowland Lao villages are often characterized by cooperation and mutual support. This study describes norms governing agricultural labour exchange, assistance at household ceremonies, and village-wide projects. Successful cooperation expresses and reinforces values of village mutuality and solidarity which are important principles of Lao social organization and identification.

(Online publication August 11 2011)