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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam

London, Jonathan D.

978 1 138 79225 8
List price(s):
210.00 USD
130.00 GBP

Publication date:
1 March 2018

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Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's most dynamic but least understood countries, and interest in the country has surged in recent years. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam is a comprehensive resource that looks at the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of Vietnam today. Following an introduction that highlights major changes that have unfolded in the country in the last two decades, the book is divided into 4 thematic parts: * Domestic Politics * Economy * Social institutions and social change * Culture and social change In the political field, chapters address key developments in Vietnam's mainline political institutions, from the Communist Party and the country's formally-representative system of councils and assemblies, to the role of the military and public security. It also looks at the rise of political competition that has unfolded in the country. In the economic section, the Handbook probes the development and transformation of Vietnam's economic institutions and its implications with respect to patterns of economic growth, industrialization and agrarian change. Parts 3 and 4 discuss the profound changes that Vietnam has experienced across all major social fields, including the education, health and legal sectors, the mass media, family life, gender and ethnic relations, and key media and artistic fields. Written by an international team of scholars, the Handbook provides a cutting edge analysis on Vietnam's rapidly-changing engagement with the world. It is an invaluable interdisciplinary reference book of interest to students and academics of Southeast Asian Studies, as well as policymakers, analysts and anyone wishing to learn more about contemporary Vietnam.

Table of contents: 

1. Introduction and Overview Part 1: Domestic Politics 2. Overview and key themes 3. The Communist Party of Vietnam 4. Representative Politics and Authoritarianism 5. Bureaucracy and administration 6. Mass organizations and mass mobilization 7. Military and Security Apparatus 8. Political discourse and the 'public sphere' 9. Dissent, protest, and political expression 10. Human rights and repression 11. Nationalism and domestic politics 12. International relations and diplomacy Part 2: Economy 13. Overview and key themes 14. Development Strategy 15. Vietnam and the World Market: Trade, Aid, and Debt 16. Poverty and Inequality 17. Skilling, employment and labour markets 18. Agriculture and Rural development 19. Labour and industrial relations 20. Corruption 21. The Informal Economy 22. Migration and Urbanization 23. Environmental crisis and governance Part 3: Social institutions and social change 24. Overview and key themes 25. Demographic change 26. Education 27. Health and health care 28. Media - Old and New 29. Ethnic minorities 30. Civil Society and associational life 31. Law, Conflict, and dispute resolution 32. Women's status 33. Citizenship Part 4: Culture and social change 34. Overview and key themes 35. Popular culture and Consumption 36. Social Legacies of War 37. Urban and rural cultures 38. Architecture and settlement 39. Sexualities 40. Contemporary village life 41. Religion, tradition, and ritual 42. Literature and Film, Vietnam 43. Art 44. Overseas Vietnamese


Jonathan D. London is Professor of Comparative Political Economy at the City University of Hong Kong.



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