The Peoples of Laos: Rural and Ethnic Diversities. Laurent Chazee.

The Peoples of Laos: Rural and Ethnic Diversities

White Lotus. 8.3 x 11.6", 187 pp., 383 color and numerous b/w illustrations, folding map, paper, Bangkok, 1999. Item #15421
ISBN: 9748434869

This is the first comprehensive study conducted in Laos combining the research on ethnic culture and indigenous values, and the present socio-economic development. The 132 identified ethic groups and sub-groups belong to the four linguistic families represented in Laos: Tai, Austroasiatic, Miao-Yao, and Sino-Tibetan. For each linguistic family, a detailed case study shows the ethno-linguistic specificity, as well as the institutional and socio-economic complexity. 132 maps give the geographic distribution of each group in Laos, while a large folded map shows the national linguistic and ethnic distribution pattern. For 56 ethnic groups and sub-groups, pictures cover people, habitant, agro-ecosystem, production systems and ethnic-related activities and handicrafts.

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