The Hmong Mountains: Cultural Spatiality of the Hmong in Northern Thailand

ab 24,90 

Maren Tomforde

ISBN 978-3-8258-9313-8
Band-Nr. 5
Jahr 2006
Seiten 504
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Southeast Asian Modernities

Artikelnummer: 978-3-8258-9313-8 Kategorien: ,


The concept of cultural spatiality includes all aspects of human agency,
experiences and outside influences. As such, it encompasses
socio-culturally enacted localities, whether these are real, imagined or
only potential spheres of social, economic, religious, symbolic, or
political action. As in the case of the Hmong in northern Thailand, people
can be anchored via processes of place making in local settlements, in a
diaspora spread over five continents or in the „Otherworld“ of the
supernatural agents. The concept of the Hmong Mountains signifies the
„place“ the Hmong people have constituted to maintain their socio-cultural
distinctiveness despite statelessness. It is a mental model of the Hmong
lifeworld which has evolved during the course of a long history of
migration, dispersal and settlement in Thailand.

Maren Tomforde has researched on the Hmong in Thailand
and is a Research Fellow at the Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences