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The Government of Mistrust New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies Series Editors Alfred W. McCoy R. Anderson Sutton Thongchai Winichakul Associate Editors Warwick H. Anderson I. G. Baird Katherine Bowie Ian Coxhead Michael Cullinane Anne Ruth Hansen Paul D. Hutchcroft Courtney Johnson Kris Olds The Government of Mistrust Illegibility and Bureaucratic Power in Socialist Vietnam Ken MacLean The University of Wisconsin Press Publication of this book has been made possible, in part, through support from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and from the Association for Asian Studies’ First Book Subvention Program. The University of Wisconsin Press 1930 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor Madison, Wisconsin 53711-2059 3 Henrietta Street London WC2E 8LU, England Copyright © 2013 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any format or by any means, digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or conveyed via the Internet or a website without written permission of the University of Wisconsin Press, except in the case of brief quotations embedded in critical articles and reviews. Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data MacLean, Ken, author. The government of mistrust : illegibility and bureaucratic power in socialist Vietnam / Ken MacLean. pages cm — (New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-299-29594-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-299-29593-6 (e-book) 1. Local government—State supervision—Vietnam. 2. Regional planning— Social aspects—Vietnam. 3. Rural development—Vietnam. 4. Bureaucracy— Vietnam. 5. Vietnam—Rural conditions. I. Title. II. Series: New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies. HN700.5.A8M33 2013 320.809597—dc23 2013015051 ...


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