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ISBN-10: 1478010827
ISBN-13: 9781478010821
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 08/28/2020
Dimensions: 8.80" L, 5.80" W, 0.40" H

Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River

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Overview

The Mekong River has undergone vast infrastructural changes in recent years, including the construction of dams across its main stream. These projects, along with the introduction of new fish species, changing political fortunes, and international migrant labor, have all made a profound impact upon the lives of those residing on the great river. It also impacts how they dream. In Mekong Dreaming, Andrew Alan Johnson explores the changing relationship between the river and the residents of Ban Beuk, a village on the Thailand-Laos border, by focusing on the effect that construction has had on human and inhuman elements of the villagers’ world. Johnson shows how inhabitants come to terms with the profound impact that remote, intangible, and yet powerful forces–from global markets and remote bureaucrats to ghosts, spirits, and gods–have on their livelihoods. Through dreams, migration, new religious practices, and new ways of dwelling on a changed river, inhabitants struggle to understand and affect the distant, the inassimilable, and the occult, which offer both sources of power and potential disaster.

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"Andrew Alan Johnson's lucid and richly detailed ethnography of the Thai-Lao border shows how the inchoate and the unknowable can be apprehended through genuinely empirical research. In this masterful analysis, Johnson shows how a marginalized population grapples with the intensified environmental uncertainties generated by modern technology and political upheaval by deploying a cosmological vision that enfolds piety, potentiality, and materiality in a tangled experiential frame."–Michael Herzfeld, author of "Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity in Bangkok"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1478010827
ISBN-13: 9781478010821
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 08/28/2020
Dimensions: 8.80" L, 5.80" W, 0.40" H
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