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Conflicting Concepts: Contested Land Relations in North-Western Vietnam

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Sikor, Thomas
Journal: Conservation & Society
Volume: 2
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3053
Sector: Agriculture
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): land tenure and use
property rights
transitional economics
collective goods
rural affairs
Abstract: "In villages of north-western Vietnam land allocation provided a window in which different conceptions of land relations came to light. Villagers resisted the implementation of key elements of the new land legislation, though the new law purported to extend peoples control. Their resistance manifested a fundamental disjuncture between the exclusive and territorial concept of land rights promoted in the new land law and peoples lived land relations. They refused to give up the substance of land relations that had proven useful before collectivisation, under collective agriculture and again in the initial years of decollectivisation. Peoples reactions highlight how post-socialist land reforms provoke their own forms of resistance. Villagers negotiate the reforms in conflicts over resources and authority as well as over the very concept of landed property. This article examines the nature of these conflicts, explores their linkages with socialist and post-socialist land legislation, and relates them to the larger literature on post-socialist property relations."

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