Living Kinship, Fearing Spirits: Sociality among the Khmu of Northern Laos

NIAS Press
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by Rosalie Stolz 

How can we conceive of kinship and sociality in the rapidly transforming uplands of mainland Southeast Asia? How to bridge the divide between classical ethnography and modern approaches to kinship studies? Using her rich findings from extensive fieldwork among the Khmu of northern Laos, the author offers a fresh perspective on kinship with an absorbing series of intimate and self-reflective accounts that delve into the everyday reality of lived kinship and offer glimpses of the intricacies of village sociality and its cosmological dimensions. These bring a closer understanding of kinship – not just in Laos but in other societies as well. This is a significant study, one of long-term significance.

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Living Kinship, Fearing Spirits: Sociality among the Khmu of Northern Laos

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