Author Shohet, Merav, 1976- author
Title Silence and sacrifice : family stories of care and the limits of love in Vietnam / Merav Shohet
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2021]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  HQ674.5 .S56 2021    AVAILABLE    30520020903572
Descript xvii, 267 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Series A Philip E. Lilienthal book
Philip E. Lilienthal book
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-253) and index
"How do families hold together when turbulent forces tear them apart? Silence and Sacrifice explores what happens to generations of kin who survived anti-imperial and civil wars in Vietnam, only to be confronted with postcolonial transitions to communism and market-friendly late socialism. In recounting vivid family experiences of conflict, love, and loss, Shohet revises canonical theories of sacrifice as blood-filled religious rituals or patriotic acts. Motivated by enduring Vietnamese virtues of asymmetrical reciprocity and tình c̉am (love and material care), a myriad of domestic sacrifices-especially by women-precariously knot family members together by silencing suffering and naturalizing gender and other hierarchies. Rethinking ordinary ethics, this intimate ethnography reveals how quotidian acts of sacrifice help family members forge a sense of continuity in the face of massive political and economic upheavals"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Families -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Vietnam
Sacrifice -- Vietnam
Love -- Vietnam