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Reconfiguring Families in Contemporary Vietnam

by 

Magali Barbieri and Danièle Bélanger (eds.)

Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific

Publisher:

Stanford: Stanford University Press

Available From: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8047-6058-4
Binding: paper
Pages: 464

 

Reconfiguring Families in Contemporary Vietnam is the fifteenth title in the East-West Center book series, Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific, published by Stanford University Press.

This book 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 transformation, experienced daily in households between husbands and wives, parents and children, grandparents and other family members.

 

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Contents
Acknowledgements
Contributors
  1. Introduction: State, Families, and the Making of Transitions in Vietnam

    PART ONE. A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT
     
  2. State and the Family: Reproductive Policies and Practices
  3. Health Care and the Family in Vietnam

    PART TWO. THE REDEPLOYMENT OF FAMILY SOLIDARITIES
     
  4. The Family: A Cornerstone in the Current Fight Against HIV/AIDS
  5. Doi Moi and Older Adults: Intergenerational Support Under the Constraints of Reform

    PART THREE. MARRIAGE AND THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD
     
  6. From Youth to Adulthood: Benchmarks and Pathways in Modern Vietnam
  7. Family Change in Vietnam's Red River Delta: From War, to Reunification, to Renovation
  8. The Legacy of Doi Moi, the Legacy of Immigration: Overseas Vietnamese Grooms Come Home to Vietnam

    PART FOUR. GENDER AND THE FAMILY
     
  9. Daughters, Work, and Families in Globalizing Vietnam
  10. A Home Divided: Work, Body, and Emotions in the Post-Doi Moi Family
  11. Household Headship in the Red River Delta, Vietnam: The Political Construction of the Family

    PART FIVE. FAMILY LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES
     
  12. Household Structure and Employment Strategies in a Changing Economy
  13. Rural-to-Urban Migration in Vietnam: A Tale of Three Regions
Afterword
Index

Review

"This ambitious and timely volume includes chapters written by several of the field's 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