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Title: A mixed method analysis of drinking cultures in northern Vietnam
Author: Phong, Vu Hong
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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Alcohol use has become a public health concern in the past decade in Vietnam. Mass media and public health campaigns have focused on ways of addressing excessive consumption of alcohol, the danger of home made alcohol, and reducing alcohol· related harms such as domestic violence, physical diseases, mental health problems, and often fatal road traffic accidents. Influenced by this public health approach, alcohol research in Vietnam has focused on the social and health costs of alcohol use and has not examined the wider social and economic factors that sustain local drinking cultures. This thesis uses a mixed methods approach to understand the dynamics of drinking cultures in Muong Khen, a rural to\vn in the northwest of Vietnam. Continuous waves of immigration in the past six decades have turned Muong Khen into a multiethnic community where Kinh internal migrants and their descendants (the major ethnic group in Vietnam) and local Muong and other ethnic minorities live together. The consumption of rice alcohol produced in large quantities by local households is popular in this region. Alcohol is not only an integral part of the local economy but is also a means through which people, and men in particular, of diverse etlmic backgrounds socialise and interact. The thesis argues that interetlmic drinking is a common phenomenon in the region and is an important element of social capital there. It therefore counters a commonly-held view in Vietnam that heavy drinking is an
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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