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State, Society and the Market in Contemporary Vietnam

Property, Power and Values, 1st Edition

Edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Mark Sidel


272 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Lively debates around property, access to resources, legal rights, and the protection of livelihoods have unfolded in Vietnam since the economic reforms of 1986. Known as Doi Moi (changing to the new), these have gradually transformed the country from a socialist state to a society in which a communist party presides over a neoliberal economy.

By exploring the complex relationship between property, the state, society, and the market, this book demonstrates how both developmental issues and state-society relations in Vietnam can be explored through the prism of property relations and property rights. The essays in this collection demonstrate how negotiations over property are deeply enmeshed with dynamics of state formation, and covers debates over the role of the state and its relationship to various levels of society, the intrusion of global forces into the lives of marginalized communities and individuals, and how community norms and standards shape and reshape national policy and laws.

With contributors from around the world, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of East and Southeast Asian studies, including politics, culture, society, and law, as well as those interested in the role of the state and property relations more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Property and Values in Vietnam, Hue-Tam Ho Tai and Mark Sidel Part I: Land, Labor and the State 1. Property and Poverty in Southern Vietnam: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives, David Biggs 2. Bodies in Perpetual Motion: Struggles over the Meaning, Value, and Purpose of Fuzzy Labor on the Eve of Collectivization, Ken MacLean 3. Social Demolition: Creative Destruction and the Production of Value in Vietnamese Land Clearance, Erik Harms Part II: Property Rights and Property Disputes 4.Legal Rights to Resources versus Forest Access in the Vietnamese Uplands, To Xuan Phuc5. Constructing Civil Society on a Hanoi Demolition Site, Nguyen Vu Hoang6.The Emerging Role of Property Rights in Land and Housing Disputes in Hanoi, John Gillespie7.Property, State Corruption and the Judiciary: The Do Son Land Case and its Implications, Mark Sidel Part III: Intangible Property 8. The Commodification of Village Songs and Dances in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Vietnam, Nhung Tuyet Tran 9. Appropriating Culture: The Case of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vietnam Oscar Salemink 10. Would a Saola by Any Other Name Still Be a Saola? Appropriating Rare Animals, Expropriating Minority Peoples, C. Michele Thompson Epilogue: Property and State in Vietnam and Beyond, Thomas Sikor

About the Editors

Hue-Tam Ho Tai is the Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History at Harvard University, USA.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General