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Deborah Ellen Tooker
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY 13214-1300)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2006 – 8/31/2006

Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha of Northern Thailand

I propose to complete a book manuscript on concepts and practices relating to space among the Akha, a minority upland group found in Northern Thailand. This study foregrounds the role of space in the production of identity and cultural difference, as opposed to treating space as setting. It addresses questions concerning space and holism, and space and power. By considering the nonmodern and nonwestern case of Akha society prior to nation-state integration, this study critically examines the literature on the relationships among space, power, and the politics of identity, a literature that has mainly focused on western modern and post-modern contexts.