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AUTONOMY OF VIETNAMESE VILLAGES THROUGH VILLAGE REGULATIONS

23/12/2016

Autonomy of Vietnamese Villages

through Village Regulations

Vu Duy Men*,  Phan Dang Thuan**

Abstract: Since the beginning of time, Vietnamese farmers have been residing in villages. In the early days since the formation of Vietnamese communes, or villages, when the intervention of the feudal state was still limited, self-management and autonomy were highly positioned in the administrative units. Then, with the development of the units and the increasingly stronger intervention of the feudal state, birth was given to village customs, first unwritten, then in the written form, and, afterwards, the village regulations. The documents regulated most of the aspects of the activities in the Vietnamese village, such as the organization of social institutions, social activities… The regulations of different villages both share similarities and bear uniqueness, with autonomy demonstrated diversely in aspects of life, as recorded in them.

Keywords: autonomy, villages/communes, village regulations, Vietnam.

 


* Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Institute of History, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

** M.A., Institute of History, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

 


Vu Duy Men, Phan Dang Thuan

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