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New Dynamisms in Vietnam’s Domestic Politics
Since the widespread controversy over bauxite mining in 2009, Vietnam’s national-level domestic politics has entered a period of new dynamism. This research project examines: the new groups and actors that are driving the new dynamism; the new forms and technologies by which they are able to assert themselves and come together and the new political cultures and discourses emerging amid these processes.
Research for this project elaborates on a detailed ethnographic study conducted on the bauxite mining controversy. This controversy brought together a range of processes that different groups and actors had conventionally used to influence policy and challenge the party-state, while also generating new processes and networks to develop a stronger collective voice among groups of Vietnamese citizens at the national level.