Publisher description for The rational peasant : the political economy of rural society in Vietnam / Samuel L. Popkin.


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Counter Popkin develops a model of rational peasant behavior and shows how village procedures result from the self-interested interactions of peasants. This political economy view of peasant behavior stands in contrast to the model of a distinctive peasant moral economy in which the village community is primarily responsible for ensuring the welfare of its members.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Peasantry Vietnam History, Vietnam Rural conditions, Peasantry