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The Rational Peasant

The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam

Samuel L. Popkin (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 332 pages
ISBN: 9780520039544
June 1979
$33.95, £24.95
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.

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