Author Michaud, Jean
Article Title Hmong infrapolitics: a view from Vietnam
Full text http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2011.615411?needAccess=true
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Source Ethnic and racial studies. vol. 35, no. 11 (Nov. 2012), p.1853-1873 : ill
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Journal Title Ethnic and racial studies.
Copy vol. 35, no. 11 (Nov. 2012), p.1853-1873 : ill
ISSN 0141-9870
Brief substance Drawing upon notions of indigenization of modernity, agency and resistance in the context of an egalitarian society – the Hmong in northern Vietnam – I explore whether agency that is directed at diverting modernization is automatically intentional and patent, whether under certain circumstances it becomes resistance, and whether it is necessarily a project. I suggest the Hmong in Vietnam use infrapolitics while being tactically selective about modernity. I note that agency and the power to act appear and evolve in context and must be studied in relation to the specific circumstances that have formed the acting subjects. My argument relates to Sahlins’ proposition that ‘Local societies everywhere have attempted to organise the irresistible forces of Western World system by something even more inclusive – their own system of the world, their own culture.’
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Full text http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2011.615411?needAccess=true

 
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