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Going, Going, Gone! The Four Wastelands Auction Policy

Peter Ho

in Institutions in Transition: Land Ownership, Property Rights and Social Conflict in China

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199280698
eISBN:
9780191602528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019928069X.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Deals with wasteland and related policies. In order to exploit wasteland resources, the central government launched the so-called Four Wastelands Auction Policy. This policy was hailed as a ... More


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


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


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


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


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


Reflections on Historical Anthropology

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/9789888083732.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This essay targets a Chinese scholarly audience, who deserves a coherent presentation of the analytical themes that my South China colleagues and I have been concerned with. One cannot ignore history ... 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


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


Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta 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/9789888083732.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

We have attempted to use a historical study to explore the Pearl River Delta, known for Dan and Han identities separated by strong languages of literati achievements and lineage commitments. This ... 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


Subverting Lineage Power: Local Bosses and Territorial Control in the 1940s

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/9789888083732.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The analysis of lineage, community, and politics in this essay illustrates some general concern of historical anthropology: how do historical events take into account inequalities of power, and how ... More


The Cultural Landscape of Luxury Housing in South China: A Regional History

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/9789888083732.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter attempts to use the “fever” for luxury housing in post-Mao Guangdong to highlight a historically specific circulation of cultural meanings in the making of a regional landscape. Many ... More


Positioning “Hong Kongers” and “New Immigrants”

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/9789888083732.003.0015
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter takes a slice from the census records to examine policies, assumptions, and procedures related to a recent period of in-flow from China and to assess their impact on Hong Kong’s present ... More


Cultural Identity and the Politics of Difference 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/9789888083732.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The term “China” presents many faces and meanings. The wealth of differentiating experiences beneath the surface of an enduring, naturalizing uniformity encompassed by the term has intrigued ... More


Hong Kong: Cultural Kaleidoscope on a World Landscape

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/9789888083732.003.0017
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Physical symbols are not to be changed arbitrarily, but empires have related to subject populations with political notions quite different from and rather differently than those of modern ... More


Images: Agents and Victims 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/9789888083732.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

I was initially concerned with a central theme in China’s development strategy: rural industrialization. Since late 1958, the regime had promoted small-scale enterprises at the commune and brigade ... More


China’s Century: Fast Forward with Historical Baggage

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/9789888083732.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This essay reviews the following books: Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village 1949–1999, by Yan Yunxiang, Only Hope: Coming of Age under China’s ... More


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