Fragments of the Present: Searching for Modernity in Vietnam's South

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Social Science - 237 pages
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This book explores in anthropological terms the cultural identity of the people of the Vietnamese South since the Vietnam War ended. The author describes southern Vietnam's postwar history, the impact of political and economic changes, policies towards music and popular culture, shifts in state ideology, and the contrasting fortunes of urban and rural communities. Philip Taylor spent a considerable time in a Mekong delta village undertaking ethnographic research into rural cultural identity. He describes the villagers' view of history and their sense of present decline, contrasting this with state and urban interpretations of the southern region's modernity over the same period.
 

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Contents

Neocolonialism as poison
23
Renunciations of socialism
56
Indigenising modernity in Nam Bo
89
Reinventing modernity as threat
119
Civilisation in the orchard The unpublished history of a Mekong delta village
159
Conclusion
192
Epilogue
197
Notes
202
Bibliography
215
Index
228
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Philip Taylor is Senior Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Australian National University.

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