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The Geography of Security: Coercion, Comparative Advantage and Population Management Work in Contemporary Laos

In early 1988, Laoss Council of Ministers issued an instruction to the nations ministries, state committees, mass organizations, provinces and municipalities. Titled stepping up population management work, the document articulated a vision of the Lao countryside that emphasized the tight connections between economic development and national security. Population management work, it explained, entailed grasping population statistics, recording birth and death statistics, issuing identification cards, organizing population relocation, arranging domicile patterns, and finding and create new occupations for multi-ethnic citizens who own no land on which to earn their living. And its fundamental principle, the instruction noted, was to allow Laoss multi-ethnic citizens to enjoy legitimate equal rights in all spheres of life and to further enhance their right to collective mastership and a sense of creativeness in fulfilling their two strategic tasks: defending the country and building socialism.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Thai
Topics Land
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Michael Dwyer
Publisher Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
Publication date 2018
Pagination 1
Date uploaded March 26, 2019, 04:36 (UTC)
Date modified December 9, 2019, 04:43 (UTC)