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Postwar Vietnam: Dynamics of a Transforming Society / Edition 1

Postwar Vietnam: Dynamics of a Transforming Society / Edition 1


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Richly informed by in-depth field and archival research, this book offers a synthetic and accessible analysis of contemporary Vietnam. After decades of war and a socialist transformation, the country has moved toward a market economy. Echoing that shift, Vietnamese society itself has undergone significant changes, marked by increasing socioeconomic disparities among regions and within localities, greater unrest both in urban and rural areas, and a revitalization of religious and folk rituals. Moving beyond the standard emphasis on the Vietnam War and Vietnamese politics and economy, this volume provides a historically grounded examination of the dynamics of contemporary society and state-society relations. Within that framework, the contributors explore the dynamics of economic reforms, socioeconomic inequality, environmental changes, gender and ethnic relations, migration, media, and ritual. Their work will be of interest to all those studying Southeast Asia, socialist and post-socialist societies, agrarian transformation, international development, as well as the Vietnam War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847698653
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Hy V. Luong is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Postwar Vietnamese Society: An Overview of Transformational Dynamics Part 2 Authorities and the People: An Analysis of State-Society Relations in Vietnam Part 3 Economic Transition, Uneven Development, and the Impact of Reform on Regional Inequality Part 4 Wealth, Power, and Inequality in Vietnam: Global Market, the State, and Local Sociocultural Dynamics Part 5 State Visions, Migrant Decisions: Population Movements since the End of the Vietnam War Part 6 Upland Areas, Ethnic Minorities, and Development Part 7 Clean, Green, and Beautiful: Environment and Development under the Renovation Economy Part 8 Gender Relations: Ideologies, Kinship Practices, and Political Economy Part 9 Return to the Past? The Dynamics of Contemporary Religious and Ritual Transformation Part 10 A Passion for Modernity: Intellectuals and the Media

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