Funded by the International Initiatives Fund of the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council, with Jean-Pierre Collin, Julie-Anne
Boudreau, Mélanie Robertson, Ha Huu Nga and Nguyen Duc Truyen of the
Sustainable Development Institute for the North (SDIN) of the Vietnam
Academy of Social Sciences (VASS).
In this research project, our goal is to understand, through the
study of two communities living in the suburbs of Hanoi (An Khanh and
Trieu Khuc), the impact of the process of urbanization on : 1) living
conditions ; 2) perceptions of urbanization ; 3) the institutions of the
State and of civil society. We seek to develop a socio-anthropological
understanding of the impact of this urban transition on the life of
individuals, on their modes of subsistence, on the relationship that
they have with the authorities, their behaviours,
and their social relations with migrants. Three main research questions
structure this project : 1) How do individuals adapt socially,
economically and culturally to these profound changes ? 2) Did changes
in the strategy of the State – from a negative to a positive projection
of urbanization, as an efficient strategy to stimulate economic
development and thus “modernise”
itself – have an impact on the way individuals perceive urbanization ?
And 3) In the goal of establishing regulation schemes appropriate for
confronting increasing rural/urban interrelations, do we see new
institutions or organizations emerge from civil society ?