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Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Helen F. Siu

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Tracing China’s journey began from exploring rural revolution and reconstitutions of community in South China. Spanning decades of rural-urban divide, it finally uncovers China’s global reach and ... More


Recycling Tradition: Culture, History, and Political Economy in the Chrysanthemum Festivals of South China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This article is bringing studies of Chinese culture, society, and history closer to the mainstream of contemporary social theory. By analyzing the community-wide festivals in Xiaolan from the late ... More


Women of Influence: Gendered Charisma

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0018
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This essay focuses on the context that has allowed such engagement to take place in institutional, discursive, and personal terms. Although cramped in a small physical territory, residents in Hong ... More


Socialist Peddlers and Princes in a Chinese Market Town

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The problems of economic liberalization in a market town in south China raise theoretical and empirical questions concerning the role of the state at the local level, both in the past and in the ... More


Grounding Displacement: Uncivil Urban Spaces in Post-Reform South China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This historical-ethnographic study of village enclaves in Guangzhou explores the intensified entrenchment of villagers in a Maoist past when they faced market fluidities of a post-reform present. It ... More


Recycling Rituals: Politics and Popular Culture in Contemporary Rural China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Scholars who observed the lack of color in rural social life in the Maoist era have also witnessed and marveled at the liberalizing energies released by the recent decade of reforms. Unprecedented ... More


Reconstituting Dowry and Brideprice in South China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In sum, factors leading to different payments of brideprice and dowry are complex. They involve intergenerational dependencies within the family as well as the fortunes of individual family members ... More


The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in South China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

A new generation of local strongmen rose from the regional fringes. Their power was not culturally recognized, but they were able to accumulate vast assets at the expense of the town-based lineages. ... More


Where Were the Women?: Rethinking Marriage Resistance and Regional Culture in South China

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

I suggest that the marriage strategies have been sustained and at the same time changed by different groups in various economic and political circumstances through the centuries: the “literati” ... More


Social Responsibility and Self-Expression: Furrows: Peasants, Intellectuals, and the State

Helen F. Siu

in Tracing China: A Forty-Year Ethnographic Journey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888083732
eISBN:
9789888313396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083732.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Both intellectuals and peasants have played vital roles in the political arena of 20th-century China. The short stories that follow focus on peasant life and were written by leading literary figures ... More


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