Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Judith Ehlert, Nora Katharina Faltmann
    Pages 1-40 Open Access
  3. Bodily Transgressions: Identity, Othering, and Self

  4. Food Safety: Trust, Responsibilisation, and Coping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Muriel Figuié, Paule Moustier, Nicolas Bricas, Nguyen Thi Tan Loc
      Pages 139-165 Open Access
  5. The Politics of Food Security

  6. Jean-Pierre Poulain
    Pages 301-320 Open Access

About this book


This open access book approaches the anxieties inherent in food consumption and production in Vietnam. The country’s rapid and recent economic integration into global agro-food systems and consumer markets spurred a new quality of food safety concerns, health issues and distrust in food distribution networks that have become increasingly obscured. This edited volume further puts the eating body centre stage by following how gendered body norms, food taboos, power structures and social differentiation shape people’s ambivalent relations with food. It uncovers Vietnam’s trajectories of agricultural modernisation against which consumers and producers manoeuvre amongst food self-sufficiency, security and abundance.

Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam is explicitly about ‘dangerous’ food – regarding its materiality and meaning. It provides social science perspectives on anxieties related to food and surrounding discourses that travel between the local and the global, the individual and society and into the body. Therefore, the book’s lens of food anxiety matters for social theory and for understanding the embeddedness and discontinuities of food globalizations in Vietnam and beyond. Due to its rich empirical base, methodological approaches and thematic foci, it will appeal to scholars, practitioners and students alike.


Food anxiety Food studies neoliberal market transformation. Body Politics of Food Food and Society Body and Consumption Vietnam culinary traditions in South-East Asia globalisation of food Ethical Eating political economy of food nutrition and lifestyle Obesity Vietnamese food Vietnam’s Rice Self-Sufficiency Policy Urban Gardening Safe eating Food Modernity in Vietnam

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith Ehlert
    • 1
  • Nora Katharina Faltmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Development StudiesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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