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"Edifier un mode de vie civilisé" dans une commune tày du nord du Vietnam : assimilations, adaptations et accommodements

Abstract : This paper examines social changes currently underway in a Tày commune in the Lào Cai province through the lens of the balance between State interventions in social practices and the responses of the local population. The author compares empirical facts with the three interpretations of State-Society relationships conceptualized by Benedict Kerkvliet. This study focuses on the way the national policies of “establishing a civilized way of life” are implemented by the local authorities and then adopted, assimilated and changed by the local population. The first part introduces the principles, objectives and rationale behind these policies from a historical perspective, beginning at the national level and ending at the local one. The second part gives details on the content of the reform with respect to weddings, funerals and festivals, as implemented in the commune studied. The last part aims to illustrate, through a specific case study of a wedding, how these policies are implemented, focusing particularly on the responses of the local population. This case study cross-checked with others allows the identification of three main ways of receiving external influences : passive resistance by maintaining prohibited practices and norms ; a combination of endogenous and exogenous elements ; a pragmatic assimilation. Finally, this study shows that the social change operates through a dialectic between State interventions, which entail assimilation, and local cultural reinventions.
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Emmanuel Pannier. "Edifier un mode de vie civilisé" dans une commune tày du nord du Vietnam : assimilations, adaptations et accommodements. Moussons : recherches en sciences humaines sur l'Asie du Sud-Est, Presses universitaires de Provence, 2016, 2 (28), pp.89-122. ⟨halshs-01974008⟩

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