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Haunting ImagesA Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam$
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Tine M Gammeltoft

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520278424

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520278424.001.0001

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A Collectivizing Biopolitics

A Collectivizing Biopolitics

(p.59) Chapter 2 A Collectivizing Biopolitics
Haunting Images

Tine M. Gammeltoft

University of California Press

This chapter examines the rhetoric through which Vietnamese state policies of selective reproduction are set forth, focusing on the ways in which official discourses on population enhancement project specific models for subjectivity, gender, and citizenship. In the discursive field constituted by official debates on population problems, reproduction is closely associated with identity: that of the nation as a coherent unity and that of the family/patrilineage. To convey these ideologies of identity and belonging, three dimensions of the national past are evoked in official discourse: a mythic past of shared biology, a socialist past of collective struggles, and a wartime past of shared injustice. This chapter adds nuance to ongoing scholarly debates regarding whether and how contemporary East Asian modes of governmentality can be characterized as neoliberal, arguing that it is important not to stretch the notion of neoliberalism too far.

Keywords:   population enhancement, governmentality, neoliberalism, subjectivity, gender, citizenship, state, nation, family, kinship

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