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Vietnam Zippos

Walters, Ian N. (1997). Vietnam Zippos. Journal of Material Culture,2(1):61-75.

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Title Vietnam Zippos
Author Walters, Ian N.
Journal Name Journal of Material Culture
Publication Date 1997
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1359-1835   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-1542802385
Start Page 61
End Page 75
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This paper describes Zippo cigarette lighters collected in Vietnam. Though they are objects of contemporary material culture, these artefacts derive from the Vietnam War era. They have hitherto been absent from the anthropological literature of material culture studies. Inscriptions engraved on behalf of former owners give insights into the attitudes and feelings of soldiers from that time in that place. The social lives of these Zippos have moved through stages of ignition and war comment to become expensive memorabilia for sale in Vietnamese market places. Foreign visitors to Vietnam acquire them in their thousands, selling them at significant markup in their home countries. Vietnam Zippos have become palimpsests for one way modern communist Vietnam, with a clear view of independence and history, has moved into the present and future world capitalist system while countenancing ironic representations of its past.
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