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Essential Trade: Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace

Ann Marie Leshkowich


“My husband doesn’t have a head for business,” complained Ngọc, the owner of a children’s clothing stall in Bến Thành market. “Naturally, it’s because he’s a man.” When the women who sell in Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic marketplace speak, their language suggests that activity in the market is shaped by timeless, essential truths: Vietnamese women are naturally adept at buying and selling, while men are not; Vietnamese prefer to do business with family members or through social contacts; stallholders are by nature superstitious; marketplace trading is by definition a small-scale enterprise. Based ... More

Keywords: gender, essentialism, subjectivity, marketplace, socialism, middle class, kinship, political economy, Vietnam, Bến Thành market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839901
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Marie Leshkowich, author
College of the Holy Cross