Agent Orange and Rural Development in Post-war Vietnam

1st Edition

Vu Le Thao Chi

Routledge
March 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780367898458 - CAT# 352222
Series: Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

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Summary

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.

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