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Tradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006$
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Hy V. Luong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833701

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833701.001.0001

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Village Structure in Revolutionary Processes, 1925–1930

Village Structure in Revolutionary Processes, 1925–1930

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(p.51) Chapter 2 Village Structure in Revolutionary Processes, 1925–1930
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Tradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006
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Hy V. Luong

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833701.003.0003

This chapter argues that a full understanding of Vietnamese revolutionary dynamics requires an in-depth analysis of the structure of the colonial social formation, for the dynamics of the Vietnamese revolution are deeply rooted in the inequality and contradiction within the capitalist imperialist system as well as within the indigenous sociocultural framework. In northern and central Vietnam, local tradition proved a fertile soil for indigenous resistance to French colonialism. Despite the dialectical tension between the collectivist ideology and the class-structured, male-centered hierarchy, local tradition nurtured the symbols of interclass solidarity and anticolonial resistance. It also provided the organizational resources for revolutionary leadership through an intricate intra- and intercommunal network based on both kinship and nonkinship principles. The chapter discusses the structure of Son-Duong. The ethnographic details on the interplay of kinship, class, and community structures provide an indispensable background not only for the understanding of revolutionary dynamics, but also for an analysis of structural continuity and discontinuity in the socialist era.

Keywords:   colonial social formation, anticolonialism, Son-Duong, anticolonial movement, French colonialism, indigenous resistance, kinship, social class, community structures, local tradition

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