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The Resource Essential Trade : Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace, Ann Marie Leshkowich; Rita Smith Kipp, David P. Chandler

Essential Trade : Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace, Ann Marie Leshkowich; Rita Smith Kipp, David P. Chandler

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Essential Trade : Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace
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Essential Trade
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Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace
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Ann Marie Leshkowich; Rita Smith Kipp, David P. Chandler
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eng
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"My husband doesn't have a head for business," complained Ngoc, the owner of a children's clothing stall in Ben Thanh market. "Naturally, it's because he's a man." When the women who sell in Ho Chi Minh City's iconic marketplace speak, their language suggests that activity in the market is shaped by timeless, essential truths: Vietnamese women are naturally adept at buying and selling, while men are not; Vietnamese prefer to do business with family members or through social contacts; stallholders are by nature superstitious; marketplace trading is by definition a small-scale enterprise.Essential Trade looks through the façade of these "timeless truths" and finds active participants in a political economy of appearances: traders' words and actions conform to stereotypes of themselves as poor, weak women in order to clinch sales, manage creditors, and protect themselves from accusations of being greedy, corrupt, or "bourgeois" - even as they quietly slip into southern Vietnam's growing middle class. But Leshkowich argues that we should not dismiss the traders' self-disparaging words simply because of their essentialist logic. In Ben Thanh market, performing certain styles of femininity, kinship relations, social networks, spirituality, and class allowed traders to portray themselves as particular kinds of people who had the capacity to act in volatile political and economic circumstances. When so much seems to be changing, a claim that certain things or people are inherently or naturally a particular way can be both personally meaningful and strategically advantageous.Based on ethnographic fieldwork and life history interviewing conducted over nearly two decades, Essential Trade explores how women cloth and clothing traders like Ngoc have plied their wares through four decades of political and economic transformation: civil war, postwar economic restructuring, socialist cooperativization, and the frenetic competition of market socialism. With close attention to daily activities and life narratives, this groundbreaking work of critical feminist economic anthropology combines theoretical insight, vivid ethnography, and moving personal stories to illuminate how the interaction between gender and class has shaped people's lives and created market socialist political economy. It provides a compelling account of postwar southern Vietnam as seen through the eyes of the dynamic women who have navigated forty years of profound change while building their businesses in the stalls of Ben Thanh market
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Leshkowich, Ann Marie
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no index present
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In English
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non fiction
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  • Chandler, David P.
  • Kipp, Rita Smith
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  • Cḥơ B́ên Thành (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • Women merchants
  • Clothing trade
  • Sex role in the work environment
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
  • Clothing trade
  • Sex role in the work environment
  • Women merchants
  • Vietnam
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specialized
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Essential Trade : Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace, Ann Marie Leshkowich; Rita Smith Kipp, David P. Chandler
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online resource
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text
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Contents
  • 5. Wandering Ghosts of Market Socialism: Governmentality and Memory in the Marketplace
  • 6. Superstitious Values and Religious Subjectivity: Stallholders' Spiritual Beliefs and Practices
  • 7. Producing Down and Consuming Up: Middle Classmaking under (Market) Socialism
  • Epilogue: "If You Haven't Been to B̂én Thành Market, You Haven't Been to Vietnam"
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • Other Volumes in the Series
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Trading Essentialism under Market Socialism
  • 1. Placing B̂én Thành Market: The Naturalization of Space and Commerce
  • 2. Marketing Femininity: Gender Essentialism in Traders' Daily Lives
  • 3. Relative Matters: Family Values and Kinship Relations in Market Stalls
  • 4. Inside and Outside: Sociofiscal Relationships and the Risks of Doing Business
Control code
on1013938931
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824847869
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824847869
Other physical details
10 illustrations
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22573/ctt225w1ds
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1013938931
Label
Essential Trade : Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace, Ann Marie Leshkowich; Rita Smith Kipp, David P. Chandler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5. Wandering Ghosts of Market Socialism: Governmentality and Memory in the Marketplace
  • 6. Superstitious Values and Religious Subjectivity: Stallholders' Spiritual Beliefs and Practices
  • 7. Producing Down and Consuming Up: Middle Classmaking under (Market) Socialism
  • Epilogue: "If You Haven't Been to B̂én Thành Market, You Haven't Been to Vietnam"
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • Other Volumes in the Series
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Trading Essentialism under Market Socialism
  • 1. Placing B̂én Thành Market: The Naturalization of Space and Commerce
  • 2. Marketing Femininity: Gender Essentialism in Traders' Daily Lives
  • 3. Relative Matters: Family Values and Kinship Relations in Market Stalls
  • 4. Inside and Outside: Sociofiscal Relationships and the Risks of Doing Business
Control code
on1013938931
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824847869
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824847869
Other physical details
10 illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt225w1ds
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1013938931

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