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Sigrid Wertheim-Heck

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Chapter 35: Consumers, Food Security, and Transformations in Food Retail in Vietnam

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Consumers, Food Security, and Transformations in Food Retail in Vietnam
Consumers, Food Security, and Transformations in Food Retail in Vietnam
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck
Food System Transformations and Food Safety Concerns in Asia

The twenty-first century is portrayed as the Asian century, referring to the success of emerging Asian economies in terms of economic expansion and increasing consumption. In the process of progressive international economic integration, it is assumed that Asia's institutional structures and consumer cultures become more global, comparable to advanced Western societies. Modernization theory (Armer & Katsillis, 2001; Bernstein, 1971) proclaims a gradual transition from traditional to modern social structures, in which tradition is regarded as opposite to, and incompatible with, modernity, and Westernization the inescapable outcome for developing countries. Although modernization theory is subject to critique, ...

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