Since the mid-1980s, Vietnam has experienced remarkable economic, political, and social change. This is the first study in English to focus on rural Vietnam — where nearly 80 per cent of its people live, much of its economic production occurs, and political upheavals earlier this century changed the course of history. Analyzing the impact of economic liberalization on the countryside, the contributors note that despite significant improvements in real income for most rural Vietnamese, poverty is still pronounced and socio-economic inequality appears to be growing. The poorest now appear to have less access to educational and health services. Environmental conditions also pose significant problems. Highlighting the dynamic political scene in Vietnam, the contributors also consider the interplay between national policymaking and local pressures and activity.

chapter 1|37 pages

Rural Vietnam in Rural Asia

ByBenedict J. Tria Kerkvliet, Doug J. Porter

chapter 2|26 pages

Mono-Organizational Socialism and the State

ByCarlyle A. Thayer

chapter 3|32 pages

Rural Society and State Relations

ByBenedict J. Tria Kerkvliet

chapter 4|42 pages

The Economy and the Countryside: The Relevance of Rural Development Policies

ByAdam Fforde, Steve Sénèque

chapter 5|25 pages

The Peasant Household Economy and Social Change

ByDao The Tuan

chapter 6|20 pages

Aspects of Agricultural Economy and Rural Life in 1993

ByDang Phong

chapter 7|16 pages

Rice Production, Agricultural Research, and the Environment

ByVo-Tong Xuan

chapter 8|14 pages

Changing Rural Institutions and Social Relations

ByTran Thi Van Anh, Nguyen Manh Huan

chapter 9|32 pages

Economic Liberalization, Marginality, and the Local State

ByDoug J. Porter