International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

The Rehabilitation of an Uncomfortable Past: Everyday Life in Vietnam During the Subsidy Period (1975-1986)

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In 2006, the Museum of Ethnology organized a special exhibit on everyday life in Hanoi during the "subsidy period", the term increasingly used to describe the decade of high socialism that began in 1975 with the reunification of a divided Vietnam and ended in 1986 with the official introduction of market reforms known as crossed D signôcombining comma abovei mói (Renovation). The representational strategies, which linked the collectivism of the past with the individualism of the present, prompted a nationwide discussion regarding the significance of a moment that previously had no clear name or place in official accounts due to the severe hardships it produced. The details presented demonstrate how the rehabilitation of this decade has expanded the political boundaries of what state institutions can present as having historical and ethnographic value in Vietnam as well as opened new avenues for comparative studies with (former) socialist states elsewhere.

Publication Title

History and Anthropology

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

281

Last Page

303

ISSN

0275-7206

DOI

10.1080/02757200802449915

Keywords

historiography, material culture, museum, socialism, time

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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