Embodying Morality: Growing Up in Rural Northern Vietnam Helle Rydstrom

ISBN: 9780824825249

Published: April 1st 2003

Hardcover

296 pages


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Embodying Morality: Growing Up in Rural Northern Vietnam  by  Helle Rydstrom

Embodying Morality: Growing Up in Rural Northern Vietnam by Helle Rydstrom
April 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 296 pages | ISBN: 9780824825249 | 7.55 Mb

One of the first anthropological studies based on extensive fieldwork in Vietnam in decades, Embodying Morality examines child-rearing in a rural Red River delta commune. It is a sophisticated and intriguing exploration of the ways in which a familyMoreOne of the first anthropological studies based on extensive fieldwork in Vietnam in decades, Embodying Morality examines child-rearing in a rural Red River delta commune.

It is a sophisticated and intriguing exploration of the ways in which a family system based on principles of male descent influences the moral upbringing and learning of girls and boys. In Vietnamese culture boys alone perpetuate the patrilineal family line- they incorporate the past, present, and future morality, honor, and reputation of their fathers lineage. Within this patrilineal universe, girls are viewed as blank sheets of paper and must compensate for this deficiency by embodying tinh cam (sensitivity, sense).

Such attitudes play a significant role in the upbringing of girls and boys and in how they learn to use and understand their bodies. Helle Rydstrom offers fresh data--from audiotapes, videotapes, textbooks, observations in the home and at school--for identifying the transformation of local and educational constructions of females, males, and morality into body styles of girls, boys, women, and men.

She highlights the extent to which body performances in daily life produce, reproduce, and challenge widespread northern Vietnamese ideals of femininity and masculinity.



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