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Market Frictions: Trade and Urbanization at the Vietnam-China Border

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Volume 5

Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy

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Market Frictions

Trade and Urbanization at the Vietnam-China Border

Kirsten W. Endres

184 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-244-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2019)

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“It is a pleasure to read manuscripts of this quality. The author is an accomplished story teller and she succeeds admirably in the task she sets herself.” • Chris Gregory, Australian National University, Canberra


Based on ethnographic research conducted during several years, Market Frictions examines the tensions and frictions that emerge from the interaction of global market forces, urban planning policies, and small-scale trading activities in the Vietnamese border city of Lào Cai. Here, it is revealed how small-scale traders and market vendors experience the marketplace, reflect upon their trading activities, and negotiate current state policies and regulations. It shows how “traditional” Vietnamese marketplaces have continually been reshaped and adapted to meet the changing political-economic circumstances and civilizational ideals of the time.

Kirsten W. Endres is Head of the Research Group “The Political and Economic Anthropology of Southeast Asia” at the Department “Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia” of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/S. Her previous publications include Performing the Divine. Mediums, Markets and Modernity in Urban Vietnam (NIAS Press, 2011) and the co-edited volume Traders in Motion. Identities and Contestations in the Vietnamese Marketplace (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Subject: Political Economy General Anthropology Sociology
Area: Asia


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Note on Language and Translation


Introduction: Market Frictions

Chapter 1. Town
Chapter 2. Market
Chapter 3. Neigboring
Chapter 4. Illegality
Chapter 5. Morality
Chapter 6. Renewal



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