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Traders in Motion: Identities and Contestations in the Vietnamese Marketplace

Kirsten W. Endres and Ann Marie Leshkowich


Markets and traders in Vietnam are on the move, literally and figuratively. The chapters in this volume offer rich ethnographic exploration of daily interactions among small-scale traders, suppliers, customers, family members, neighbors, and officials within contemporary Vietnam and across its borders. These quotidian encounters occur within contested spaces, through expanding and contracting circuits of mobility, and across physical and conceptual boundaries that are fixed, yet porous. As they ply their wares and negotiate state regulations, traders shape notions of self and personhood, not j ... More

Keywords: Vietnam, market socialism, small-scale trade, markets, economic transformation, mobility, spatialization, borders, gender, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501719820
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501719820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirsten W. Endres, editor
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Ann Marie Leshkowich, editor
College of the Holy Cross

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Front Matter

Introduction: Space, Mobility, Borders, and Trading Frictions

Ann Marie Leshkowich and Kirsten W. Endres

Part I Space, Place, and Contentious Politics of Market Redevelopment

Part II Circuits of Mobility, Identities, and Power Relations

Part III Borderwork


Gracia Clark