Gender, Household, State: Doi Moi In Vietnam
by Werner, Jayne & Daniele Belanger (Eds.)
About This Book
Systematic, scholarly research which studies woman in contemporary Vietnam has only begun in recent years. The field studies of the contributing authors will provide much insight and understanding of their traditional roles and current complexities for Vietnamese woman. In Vietnam there is the traditional ideal of the patriarchal family where all woman marry; all woman remain virgin until they marry; everyone lives in a three- generational household; and divorce and separation are not acknowledged as viable options. However, a reality exists where; unmarried woman in Hanoi have abortions; some woman living in villages near Hanoi, do not marry; nuclear families are headed by woman and parents separate and live with their different children. Economic needs sometimes force the woman into the workplace and away from the family. These contradictions force many woman to see themselves at the edge of mainstream values.
In the early 1990's, after the adoption of market reforms in 1986 -- doi moi -- Vietnam finally opened up to scholarly research. "The diachronic problem of assessing change, the methods by which to measure change, and the framework for analyzing the reasons for change, loomed large over the gender project." The studies here, about people in the 1990's, living in particular places, goes far to increase our understanding of how the mix of revolutionary experience, socialist ideology, and market reform affect gendered transformation.
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