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(Re)challenging Norms and Values in (Post-)Socialist Vietnam. Decision Making Strategies within the Hô (Household) and Beyond

English title (Re)challenging Norms and Values in (Post-)Socialist Vietnam. Decision Making Strategies within the Hô (Household) and Beyond
Applicant Wehrli Angelica Laura Lucia
Number 131562
Funding scheme Fellowships for prospective researchers
Research institution
Institution of higher education Institution abroad - IACH
Main discipline Ethnology
Start/End 01.08.2010 - 30.09.2011
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Keywords (9)

Urbanism; Gender; Household; Norms and Values; (Post-)Socialism; Social Anthropology; Socioeconomic Change; Religion; Vietnam

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

Since the onset of Ð?i m?i (“the process of renovation”) which officially started in 1986, Vietnam has been undergoing complex processes of transformation which prove to be beneficial for some, but disadvantageous for others. This Postdoc project starts with the observation that empirical data on socio-economic change occurring in urban Vietnam is scant. The aim of my Postdoc is to qualitatively analyze socio-economic change that takes place in the urban Red River Delta (Vietnam).

In 2010 a restudy of previous research which I conducted in Hanoi and Nam Dinh City between 2004 and 2006 was successfully implemented. In this multi-sited and longitudinal investigation key concerns were taken up in order to investigate decision making strategies within the (household). The five main objectives of the project will be analyzed qualitatively and contribute to the understanding of economic, social and religious domains which form part of the complex phenomenon of socio-economic change in (post-)socialist Vietnam. Firstly, the project aims to investigate if and how the first global financial crisis of the 21st century impacted different classes within Vietnam; secondly, it will analyze the importance of economic capital with respect to decision making strategies within the ; thirdly, it will explain how norms and values with respect to gender are defined in different social fields in the sense of Bourdieu; fourthly, it will determine whether religious affiliation leads to divisions within Nam Dinh City, and fifthly it will evaluate the extent to which norms and values are valid indicators of socio-economic change.

This research will serve the advancement of interdisciplinary Southeast Asian studies as these complex processes of socio-economic change which take place worldwide challenge the cohabitation of generations on the one hand and the social cohesion between richer and poorer inhabitants on the other. Furthermore, I believe that this research will provide the basis for valuable comparisons in social anthropology and all studies trying to understand how norms and values are being contested in the realm of everyday life in (post-)socialist societies.

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Publications

Publication
Filles à éliminer au Vietnam?
Wehrli Angelica L. L., Filles à éliminer au Vietnam?, in Castelli Bernard et Bernard Hours (ed.), L'Harmattan, Paris, 239-265.
The First Financial Avalanche of the 21st Century: Impact on Different Social Classes in Vietnam
Wehrli Angelica L. L., The First Financial Avalanche of the 21st Century: Impact on Different Social Classes in Vietnam, in Schuerkens Ulrike (ed.), Routledge, New York, London.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Preserving the ‘Balance’. Evidences about Norms and Values in North Vietnam 27.10.2010 Institute of Anthropology, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, Vietnam

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
140484 A Global History of Export Processing Zones (1947-2007), continued 01.08.2012 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Since the onset of doi moi (“the process of renovation”) which officially started in 1986, Vietnam has been undergoing complex processes of transformation which prove to be beneficial for some, but disadvantageous for others. This Postdoc project starts with the observation that empirical data on socio-economic change occurring in urban Vietnam is scant. The aim of my Postdoc is to qualitatively analyse socio-economic change that takes place in the urban Red River Delta (Vietnam). In 2011 I will undertake a restudy of previous research which I conducted in Hanoi and Nam Dinh City between 2004 and 2006. In this multi-sited and longitudinal investigation key concerns will be taken up in order to make substantive comparisons and to investigate decision making strategies within the hô (household) which will demonstrate how norms and values are being challenged. Based on the analysis of first research data conducted between 2004 and 2006 five hypotheses have been elaborated which can be cross-checked against the new research data. The five main objectives of the project will be analysed qualitatively and contribute to the understanding of economic, social and religious domains which form part of the complex phenomenon of socio-economic change in (post-)socialist Vietnam. Firstly, the project aims to investigate if and how household strategies and ways of securing a livelihood have been influenced by Vietnam joining the WTO in 2007; secondly, to analyse the importance of economic capital with respect to decision making strategies within the hô; thirdly, to explain how different generations define norms and values with respect to gender; fourthly, to determine whether religious affiliation leads to divisions within Nam Dinh City, and fifthly, to strive towards an understanding of whether norms and values are valid indicators of socio-economic change. This research will serve the advancement of interdisciplinary Southeast Asian studies as these complex processes of socio-economic change which take place worldwide challenge the cohabitation of generations on the one hand and the social cohesion between richer and poorer inhabitants on the other. Furthermore, I believe that this research will provide the basis for valuable comparisons in social anthropology and all studies trying to understand how norms and values are being contested in the realm of everyday life in (post-)socialist societies.
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