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Land Politics and Livelihoods on the Margins of Hanoi, 1920-2010

In the late 1990s, planning authorities in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi pushed the imaginary line between city and country several kilometres westward, engulfing dozens of rural settlements. This book explores how one such village, Hoa Muc, rapidly transitioned into an urban neighbourhood, and the state regulations and early urban changes that drove this transformation. The compelling story of this single village is both a portrait of a population that has endured despite drastic upheavals and a new analytical window into Vietnam’s ongoing urban transition.

228 pages

Table of Contents


1   The Early Urban Transition (1920-40)

2   Uneven Socialist Revolutions (1940-65)

3   Eating by Points and Coupons Is Not Enough (1965-80)

4   The New Urban Territorial Order (1980-2010)

5   Land for Fresh Ghosts, Land for Dry Ghosts




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