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Agent Orange and Rural Development in Post-war Vietnam

1st Edition

By Vu Le Thao Chi


272 pages

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pub: 2020-03-23
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Vu tells the story of Vietnamese farmers who have survived a 30-year war of independence and unification, its damaging legacies in their living environment, and the unfamiliar pressure of the market economy.

Vietnamese famers are neither simply obedient beneficiaries of policy decisions made by higher authorities, nor convention-ridden cyphers. Rather, they are sophisticated decision-makers capable of navigating the changes threatening to disrupt their lives over multiple generations. Vu’s research pays particular attention to those farmers whose families have suffered from direct and indirect exposure to the toxic herbicides popularly known as Agent Orange. She demonstrates that their priority has tended to be the protection of their existing assets, rather than pursuing the promise of new riches, and that this tendency has helped them maintain stability in a turbulent economic environment.

A fascinating study for scholars of Vietnamese anthropology and society, that will also be of interest to sociologists and economists with a broader interest in the impact of economic change on rural lifestyles.

Table of Contents


List of Tables

List of Figures

Introduction: Agent Orange, Rural Development, and Enduring Farmers

Part I

1. Changing Vietnam and Farmers

2. Development, Agriculture, and Farmers

3. Agent Orange and Vietnamese Farmers: A Distant Legacy

4. Farmers in Post-Doi Moi Vietnam

Part II

5. Health and Elusive Risks

6. Health and the Farmers: Whose Responsibility Counts?

7. Farmers’ Logic: Loss Aversion

8. Seed for Action, Seed for Change



About the Author

Vu Le Thao Chi is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies