Book launch: Fields of Desire Poverty and Policy in Laos by Holly High

27 March, 2014
6 - 7 PM

Dr Holly HighIn this important new book, Holly High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programmes circulate around the question of what is lacking.

Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programmes, High's account looks at the implementation on the ground. While these efforts are laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the 'post-rebellious' movement in contemporary Laos.

The book will be launch by visiting scholar Professor Tania Li at the University of Sydney.

Date: Thursday 27 March 

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Venue: Room S227 The Quadrangle, A14

The University of Sydney

Location: Room S227 The Quadrangle, A14

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