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

  • W. Randall Ireson (a1)
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  • Published online: 11 August 2011

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.

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