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dc.contributor.authorGorman, Timothyen_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8251408
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines how people mobilize around notions of distributive justice, or "moral economies," to make claims to resources, using the process of postsocialist land privatization in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam as a case study. First, I argue that the region's history of settlement, production, and political struggle helped to entrench certain normative beliefs around land ownership, most notably in its population of middle peasants. I then detail the ways in which these middle peasants mobilized around notions of distributive justice to successfully press demands for land restitution in the late 1980s, drawing on Vietnamese newspapers and other sources to construct case studies of local land conflicts. Finally, I argue that the successful mobilization of middle peasants around such a moral economy has helped, over the past two decades, to facilitate the re-emergence of agrarian capitalism in the Mekong Delta, in contrast to other regions in Vietnam.en_US
dc.subjectmoral economyen_US
dc.subjectland reformen_US
dc.titleMoral Economy And The Middle Peasant: The Dynamics Of Land Privatization In The Mekong Deltaen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Sociology Universityen_US of Science, Development Sociology
dc.contributor.chairWolford, Wendy W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPfeffer, Max Johnen_US

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