In Search of Moral Authority - Nguyen-Marshall, Van
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In Search of Moral Authority: The Discourse on Poverty, Poor Relief, and Charity in French Colonial Vietnam is a pioneering exploration of the discourses on poverty and poor-relief activities in early twentieth-century Northern Vietnam. Treating poverty as a socially constructed idea, Van Nguyen-Marshall argues that poor relief was a domain where both French colonialists and Vietnamese intellectuals vied for moral authority. For the French colonial officials, poor relief fell within the purview of the French "civilizing" mission, the official justification for imperialism. However, the…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
In Search of Moral Authority: The Discourse on Poverty, Poor Relief, and Charity in French Colonial Vietnam is a pioneering exploration of the discourses on poverty and poor-relief activities in early twentieth-century Northern Vietnam. Treating poverty as a socially constructed idea, Van Nguyen-Marshall argues that poor relief was a domain where both French colonialists and Vietnamese intellectuals vied for moral authority. For the French colonial officials, poor relief fell within the purview of the French "civilizing" mission, the official justification for imperialism. However, the colonial agenda, racial prejudices, and the French administrators' own ambivalent attitudes toward the poor made any attempt at poor relief doomed for failure. For Vietnamese intellectuals, the discourse and activities on poor relief became a rallying call for patriotism, nationalism, and, for some, anti-colonialism. In Search of Moral Authority deals with social issues such as charity and poor relief, as well as the construction of national and gender identity by Vietnamese intellectuals. This book is essential reading for students and specialists of Vietnamese history as well as those interested in issues of poverty, public welfare, and charity.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: .310215, 310215
  • Neuausg.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 3. März 2008
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 154mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 480g
  • ISBN-13: 9781433102158
  • ISBN-10: 1433102153
  • Artikelnr.: 24453083
Autorenporträt
The Author: Van Nguyen-Marshall received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and is Assistant Professor of History at Trent University in Ontario, Canada.
Rezensionen
"This book could be considered a breakthrough work in the social and intellectual history of colonial Asia. It examines how Southeast Asian thinkers, in this instance Vietnamese ones, approached the problems of poverty and poverty relief in their country while they were disempowered subjects of European colonialism. The author draws on the various insights of specialists in postcolonial studies, geography, economics and history but also on an abundance of Vietnamese sources; she skilfully shows both how mutable colonial Vietnamese elite representations of poverty could be, but also how that elite could nonetheless claim new forms of moral and political authority for itself, even under colonial rule, by thinking in old and new ways about poverty relief." (Alexander Woodside, History Department, University of British Columbia)