Reconfiguring Families in Contemporary Vietnam

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Reconfiguring Families in Contemporary Vietnam chronicles and analyzes the most significant change for families in Vietnam's recent past – the transition to a market economy, referred to as Doi Moi in Vietnamese and generally translated as the "renovation". Two decades have passed since the wide-ranging institutional transformations that took place reconfigured the ways families produce and reproduce. The downsizing of the socialist welfare system and the return of the household as the unit of production and consumption redefined the boundaries between the public and private.

This volume is the first to offer a multidisciplinary perspective that sets its gaze exclusively on processes at work in the everyday lives of families, and on the implications for gender and intergenerational relations. By focusing on families, this book shifts the spotlight from macro transformations of the renovation era, orchestrated by those in power, to micro-level transformations, experienced daily in households between husbands and wives, parents and children, grandparents and other family members.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This ambitious and timely volume includes chapters written by several of the fields most distinguished scholars and rising stars. The editors do a terrific job of weaving together the broad array of new challenges families face by effectively linking them to broader transformations within the Vietnamese state."
—Mark J. VanLandingham, Tulane University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804760584
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Series: Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Magali Barbieri is a researcher for the Institut National d'Études Démographiques in Paris, and is the head of its Population and Development Division. Danièle Bélanger is the Canada Research Chair in Population, Gender and Development, and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Contributors xi

1 Introduction: State, Families, and the Making of Transitions in Vietnam Daniele Belanger Magali Barbieri 1

Part 1 A New Social Contract

2 State and the Family: Reproductive Policies and Practices Catherine Scornet 47

3 Health Care and the Family in Vietnam Anil Deolalikar 75

Part 2 The Redeployment of Family Solidarities

4 The Family: A Cornerstone in the Current Fight Against HIV/AIDS Myriam de Loenzien 97

5 Doi Moi and Older Adults: Intergenerational Support Under the Constraints of Reform Magali Barbieri 133

Part 3 Marriage and the Transition to Adulthood

6 From Youth to Adulthood: Benchmarks and Pathways in Modern Vietnam Peter Xenos Nguyen Duy Khe Nguyen Huu Minh Margaret Sheehan Vu Manh Loi Le Thi Minh Chau Nguyen Dinh Chung 169

7 Family Change in Vietnam's Red River Delta: From War, to Reunification, to Renovation Rukmalie Jayakody Vu Tuan Huy 203

8 The Legacy of Doi Moi, the Legacy of Immigration: Overseas Vietnamese Grooms Come Home to Vietnam Hung Cam Thai 237

Part 4 Gender and The Family

9 Daughters, Work, and Families in Globalizing Vietnam Daniele Belanger Katherine L. Pendakis 265

10 A Home Divided: Work, Body, and Emotions in the Post-Doi Moi Family Truong Huyen Chi 298

11 Household Headship in the Red River Delta, Vietnam: The Political Construction of the Family Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan 329

Part 5 Family Livelihood Strategies

12 Household Structure and Employment Strategies in a Changing Economy Xavier Oudin 365

13 Rural-to-Urban Migration in Vietnam: A Tale of Three Regions Hy Van Luong 391

Afterword Magali Barbieri Daniele Belanger 421

Index 429

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