Fragments of the Present: Searching for Modernity in Vietnam's South

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ISBN-13: 9780824824174
Published: January 2001

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288 pages
  • About the Book
  • This book explores in anthropological terms the cultural identity of the people of the Vietnamese South since the Vietnam War ended. The author describes southern Vietnam's postwar history, the impact of political and economic changes, policies towards music and popular culture, shifts in state ideology, and the contrasting fortunes of urban and rural communities. Philip Taylor spent a considerable time in a Mekong delta village undertaking ethnographic research into rural cultural identity. He describes the villagers' view of history and their sense of present decline, contrasting this with state and urban interpretations of the southern region's “modernity” over the same period.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Philip Taylor, Author

      Philip Taylor is Senior Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Australian National University.
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