• Tu Phuong Nguyen
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


This chapter sets the background for the study of labour law and labour resistance in Vietnam as a transitional economy. It outlines important changes in labour relations and discusses structural factors underpinning the prevalence of labour resistance following industrial transition in Vietnam. Drawing from political economy and rightful resistance literature, the chapter examines different views concerning the role of legal institutions in advancing labour rights and factory workers’ actions to protect those rights. Yet there has been little in-depth analysis in existing literature as to how workers perceive their rights in relation to the labour law, and whether and how values embedded in law underpin their claims and ideals of justice. The chapter moves on to discuss the conceptual framework used in this book, adopted from socio-legal studies, which allows for a nuanced understanding of the intersection between law and other social norms and institutions in shaping labour resistance in Vietnam.


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  • Tu Phuong Nguyen
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  1. 1.Centre for Governance and Public PolicyGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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