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Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Chuan-kang Shih

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This ethnography details the traditional social and cultural conditions of the Moso, a matrilineal group living on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in southwest China. Among the Moso, a ... More


The Moso Social Organization: The Domestic Group and the Descent Group

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the Moso social organization. With ethnographic and linguistic analyses, it first rejects the tripartite structure of Moso kinship organization as suggested by Chinese ... More


Household Life among the Moso

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter presents an account of household life among the Moso. After introducing the notion of household harmony as the supreme value of the culture, this chapter describes the living space of ... More


Conclusion

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter sums up the main points of the study and offers an explanation for the existence of certain Moso practices—the sui generis tisese, the grand matrilineal household, and their highly ... More


The People and Their History

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the ethnicity of the Moso. It discusses what the Moso call themselves, what other people call them, an ethnohistory of these names, why they are called “Moso” in English, and ... More


The Political Structure and Cultural Environment of Traditional Moso Society

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

To set the Moso case in context, this chapter describes the sociohistorical background of the greater Yongning area. It examines how the Yongning chiefdom was situated in the Chinese empire over ... More


Tisese: The Primary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the treatment of tisese as a sexual and reproductive institution. First, it discusses the political complications and academic implications of the nomenclature of the Moso ... More


Matrilineal Descent and Matrilineal Ideology

in Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761994
eISBN:
9780804773447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the Moso kinship system. First, it examines the changing sociopolitical implications of the term matrilineal to the Moso. Then, it addresses the controversy in Western academia ... More


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