Internal Resettlement in Laos

Complicities and Complexities: Provocations from the Study of Resettlement in Laos

Author: Holly High


In this rejoinder, Holly High summarizes the arguments she presented in “The Implications of Aspirations” (Critical Asian Studies 40 [4]) and shows how they offer an escape from the limiting binaries that characterize the position framed in the reply by Baird et al. High defends the ethnographic case study approach by showing its unique usefulness in capturing the complexities of everyday political activity that might otherwise be missed. Grappling with manifest complexities rather than editing them out for political purposes or resorting to simplistic binaries, High argues, results in a more well-founded and honest political position.

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December 2009
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