PRODUCTION MATTERS: CONSUMERISM AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM IN VIETNAM

Anthropological Perspectives on Economic Development and Integration

ISBN: 978-0-76231-071-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-249-8

ISSN: 0190-1281

Publication date: 8 November 2003

Abstract

This essay examines a common assertion among middle-class shoppers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, that place of manufacture, rather than brand markers, largely determines the quality of goods. For shoppers in Ho Chi Minh City, unity of place, people, raw materials, and trade secrets at the source – a corporation’s home country – is essential to the production of high quality goods. This stands in contrast to the brand logic through which corporations outsource their production presumably without compromising product quality. By privileging production sites over brands, shoppers in Ho Chi Minh City interpret the recent increase of famous foreign brand name goods in Vietnam as an increase of domestic, rather than foreign goods.

Citation

Vann, E.F. (2003), "PRODUCTION MATTERS: CONSUMERISM AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM IN VIETNAM", Dannhaeuser, N. and Werner, C. (Ed.) Anthropological Perspectives on Economic Development and Integration (Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 225-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0190-1281(03)22008-4

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