[New Publication] Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon

This book is about Phú Mỹ Hưng and Thủ Tiêm, two master-planned urban development projects located on either side of the Phú Mỹ Bridge. My primary aim is to show how large-scale urban infrastructure projects become entangled with the lives and aspirations of people living in a rapidly growing city, and to show the role these projects play in the complex political and economic dramas taking place in an urban world increasingly driven by the market logics of real estate development. (Erik Harms)


Erik Harms is a social-cultural anthropologist specializing in urban anthropology, Southeast Asia, and Vietnam. Luxury and Rubble is published in 2016 as his last publication of Vietnam urbanization. He is also  the author of Saigon’s Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City (2011).



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