The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam is a comprehensive resource exploring social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Vietnam, one of contemporary Asia’s most dynamic but least understood countries. Following an introduction that highlights major changes that have unfolded in Vietnam over the past three decades, the volume is organized into four thematic parts:

  • Politics and Society
  • Economy and Society
  • Social Life and Institutions
  • Cultures in Motion

Part I addresses key aspects of Vietnam’s politics, from the role of the Communist Party of Vietnam in shaping the country’s institutional evolution, to continuity and change in patterns of socio-political organization, political expression, state repression, diplomatic relations, and human rights. Part II assesses the transformation of Vietnam’s economy, addressing patterns of economic growth, investment and trade, the role of the state in the economy, and other economic aspects of social life. Parts III and IV examine developments across a variety of social and cultural fields through chapters on themes including welfare, inequality, social policy, urbanization, the environment and society, gender, ethnicity, the family, cuisine, art, mass media, and the politics of remembrance.

Featuring 38 essays by leading Vietnam scholars from around the world, this book provides a cutting-edge analysis of Vietnam’s transformation and changing engagement with the world. It is an invaluable interdisciplinary reference work that will be of interest to students and academics of Southeast Asian studies, as well as policymakers, analysts, and anyone wishing to learn more about contemporary Vietnam.

part I|109 pages

Politics and Society

chapter 2|27 pages

The Communist Party of Vietnam

Consolidating Market-Leninism

chapter 8|11 pages

Vietnam's Foreign Policy

Structure, Evolution, and Contemporary Challenges

part II|141 pages

Economy and Society

chapter 11|20 pages

Contemporary Vietnam

State Effectiveness Under Conditions of Commercialization

chapter 15|8 pages

Land in Contemporary Vietnam

chapter 17|11 pages

Contemporary Vietnam's Economy in Historical Perspective

Đổi Mới or Đổi Lại?

part III|201 pages

Social Life and Institutions

chapter 19|18 pages

Education and Development in Vietnam

A Glass Half Full?

chapter 21|15 pages

Post-Colonial Urbanization in Vietnam

Urban Order and Unruliness

chapter 23|10 pages

The Cosmopolitan Delta

Ethnic Pluralism at the Mouth of the Mekong

chapter 24|14 pages

Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam

State Relations and Social Change

chapter 25|14 pages

Environment and Society in Contemporary Vietnam

Development, Crisis, and Responses

chapter 27|19 pages

Feminism in Vietnam

Women's Studies, Gender Research, and Intersections

chapter 29|11 pages

Marriage, Family, and Kinship in Vietnam

Shadows and silences

chapter 30|13 pages

The Affairs of Men

Masculinity in Contemporary Vietnam 1

chapter 31|11 pages

LGBTQ in Vietnam

Heteronormativity and Resistance

part IV|100 pages

Cultures in Motion

chapter 33|16 pages

Driving Doi Moi

Motorbikes, Cars, and Capitalism in Vietnam's Socialist Market Economy

chapter 37|10 pages

Popular television

Socialist Politics and Market Competition

chapter 38|17 pages

Remembrance, Commemoration, and Revolutionary Apparitions

Ritualizing Connections with the Past and the Future in Vietnam