Vietnam's revolutionary transformation has influenced important theoretical models embedded in the major traditions of contemporary Western social theory represented by John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, and Emile Durkheim. This chapter analyzes their relative strengths and weaknesses in an attempt to make a small contribution to their refinement on the basis of empirical data on the Vietnamese revolution and the village of Son-Duong in particular. More specifically, it suggests that the revolutionary processes in modern Vietnam cannot be understood primarily in terms of a material cost-benefit analysis of historical agents. Rather, these processes must be situated with regard to both the structure of capitalist imperialism and the local indigenous framework.
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