Using ethnographic methods and anthropological analysis to understand human experience in Lao.

Ethnography, ethnology and anthropology

Holly High is an anthropologist. I was trained at ANU, do fieldwork in Laos, and have held postdoctoral positions at Yale, Cambridge and Sydney. I use ethnographic methods and anthropological analysis to understand human experience. I have written about anthropological approaches to debt, power and desire; psychoanalytic theory and anthropology; Lao policy (including cultural, poverty, health and agricultural policies) in relation to lived experience in that country; everyday politics in Laos; emerging infectious disease as an intercultural zone; and religion in Laos. Currently, I am investigating transformations in pregnancy, birth and early childhood in Laos.

Books and Publications

Holly published her first two books – Fields of Desire: Poverty and Policy in Lao (2014) and Projectland: Life in a Lao Socialist Model Village (2021), which both combine an engaging first-person narrative of her fieldwork with a political ethnography of Laos.

Current Research

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