Author Soucy, Alexander
Article Title Wedding Invitations and Relationship Management in Hanoi
full text http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2014.892527
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Source The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology. vol. 15, no. 2 (Apr. 2014), p. 141-157
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Journal Title The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology.
Copy vol. 15, no. 2 (Apr. 2014), p. 141-157
ISSN 1444-2213
Brief substance It has been largely presumed that one of the key functions of communal wedding rites is to build cohesion among social networks. This paper looks at weddings in contemporary northern Vietnam and comes to a different conclusion: while in some cases weddings are an occasion to cement relationships and affirm bonds with family and others, they are also an opportunity to manage relationships. At the most extreme, this management of relationships can include purposeful exclusion in order to sever relationships. A key component in weddings is gift-giving, which not only strengthens bonds through reciprocal obligation, but also signals whether relationships are considered core or peripheral. Invitations, depending on the type and delivery, also play an essential role in the management of relationships
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full text http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2014.892527

 
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