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Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Robert J. Antony

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Unruly People shows that in mid-Qing Guangdong banditry occurred mainly in the densely populated core Canton delta where state power was strongest, challenging the conventional wisdom that banditry ... More


Introduction

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

The central concerns of this book are crime and law enforcement in Guangdong province in south China during the mid-Qing dynasty, roughly the years from 1760 to 1845. The author’s focus is on ... More


The Qing Code and Special Judicial Legislation

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

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2016
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9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 10 begins the final section on state and local law enforcement with a discussion on the promulgation of several crucial Qing laws. Although officials and other observers throughout the ... More


Enforcing the Laws and Suppressing the Criminals

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

In Chapter 11 the author addresses questions regarding the judicial processes at the local level. First of all, I discuss how crimes came to the attention of officials and the sorts of procedures or ... More


Prosecution and Punishment

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0012
Subject:
History, Asian History

In the final chapter, the author explores issues related to local vigilante justice as well as hearings and trials at the local level of government of those persons arrested for involvement in ... More


The Laboring Poor and Banditry

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

While the archival records reveal little about the psychology of criminals and criminality, they do shed important light on the identities and personal backgrounds of bandits. In Chapter 7 the author ... More


Networks of Accomplices

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

Like other types of criminal organizations, bandits also depended on “outside” help to survive. Chapter 9 explores criminal networks. Although Elizabeth Perry and others have argued that bandits were ... More


Conclusion

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

The conclusion summarizes the main findings of this book with discussions of the underside of Guangdong society and the connections between banditry, community, and the state in late imperial ... More


The Structures of Crime

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
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May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 6 begins the second part of this study with an examination of the structures of collective crime. The author begins with explanations of the various Chinese terms that have been used in the ... More


Instructing the People and Disseminating the Laws

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
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May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 3 discusses the Qing state’s attempts to prevent crime and maintain social order through the dissemination of law and moral suasion. For the state this meant that educating the people about ... More


The Reach of the State

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Contrary to conventional wisdom, which informs us that the reach of the state stopped at the county yamen, in chapter 4 the author argues that state agencies, particularly subcounty officials, yamen ... More


Bandits, Brotherhoods, and Collective Crime

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 8 closely examines criminal activities. Bandits engaged in a large variety of illegal activities. They formed predatory gangs to operate outside the law and used real and implied violence to ... More


Community Security and Self-Defense

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 5 analyzes local self-regulation and law enforcement efforts. In conjunction with government, local communities also devised various methods for their own security and self-defense. Despite ... More


An Age of Mounting Disorder

Robert J. Antony

in Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208951
eISBN:
9789888390052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 2 contextualizes banditry and brotherhood activities in mid-Qing Guangdong with a discussion of geopolitical conditions, escalating ecological crises, and mounting large-scale social ... More


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