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The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy
Ordinary people's everyday political behavior can have a huge impact on national policy: that is the central conclusion of this book on Vietnam. In telling the story of collectivized agriculture in that country, Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet uncovers a history of local resistance to national policy and gives a voice to the villagers who effected change. Not through open oppos ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published March 31st 2005 by Cornell University Press
(first published 2005)
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The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy was written by Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet. The Communist Party government of Vietnam initiated collective farming between 1958 and 1961, and expanded it through the 1960’s and 1970’s; nevertheless, the policy was officially abolished by the end of the 1980’s. The author raises questions as to the dominance of the state and the function of formal organisations in Vietnamese politics. He rather emphasises the role ...more