Much of the world's population inhabits the urban fringe, an area that is neither fully rural nor urban. H��c M?n, a district that lies along a key transport corridor on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, epitomizes one of those places. In Saigon's Edge, Erik Harms explores life in H��c M?n, putting forth a revealing perspective on how rapid urbanization impacts the people who live at the intersection of rural and urban worlds. Unlike the idealized Vietnamese model of urban space, H��c M?n is between worlds, neither outside nor inside but always uncomfortably both. With particular attention to everyday social realities, Harms demonstrates how living on the margin can be both alienating and empowering, as forces that exclude its denizens from power and privilege in the inner city are used to thwart the status quo on the rural edges. More than a local case study of urban change, Harms's work also opens a window on Vietnam's larger turn toward market socialism and the celebration of urbanization-transformations tructively linked to trends around the globe.

Saigon's Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City

SKU: 053630
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  • ISBN

    9780816656066
  • Authors

    Harms, Erik
  • Extent

    294
  • Format

    Paperback
  • Year

    2011
  • Publisher

    University of Minnesota Press

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