Fragmented Sovereignty: Land Reform and Dispossession in Laos

Christian Lund

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    Abstract

    Land reform, land politics and resettlement in Laos have changed people's land access and livelihoods. But these reforms have also transformed political subjectivity and landed property into matters for government to a degree hitherto unknown in Laos. The control over people, land and space has consolidated sovereignty in ways that make government an ineluctable part of people's relation to land. This transforms agrarian relations. Three cases demonstrate how rural small holders' access to land depends on the ways in which property and political subjects have been produced. As a consequence, agovernment institution's control over land does not represent or reflect pre-existing sovereignty. It producesit.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Peasant Studies
    Vol/bind38
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider (fra-til)885-905
    Antal sider21
    ISSN0306-6150
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2011

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