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Between China and Europe : Person, Culture and Emotion in Macao - Joao de Pina-Cabral

Between China and Europe

Person, Culture and Emotion in Macao

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From around the mid-1500s to December 1999, Macao was the most longstanding site of economic, religious and political contact between the Chinese and the European worlds. Since the foundation of Hong Kong (in 1840), Macao's survival has depended on a creative use of its marginality - as a centre for gambling, for the coolie trade, for opium trade and for semi-clandestine gold trade. As a rear window to China, Macao provides an example of marginality, that allows us to study the limits of the systems that characterise the Chinese world. These essays look at Macao's society in the 19th and 20th centuries from the perspective of an historically informed anthropology. They focus on paradoxical aspects of cultural confrontation, personal construction and ethnic differentiation, and on constructed amnesia, with a special focus on Macao's Eurasian population.

Macao Bamboop. 1
Periods in the city's historyp. 4
The incidentes - instability and permanencep. 6
About this bookp. 17
The City's Profilep. 21
The historical origins of Macao's ethnic compositionp. 21
People in motionp. 23
The population of Macao in the transition periodp. 26
Main economic activitiesp. 28
Broad lines of cultural differentiationp. 32
Broad ethnic categoriesp. 36
Conclusionp. 48
Hollering in Bronze: Memory and Conflictp. 51
The hoppo and 'Macao's subjection'p. 54
The Governor's impossible taskp. 60
A new modus vivendi
The colonial period
A martyr and a hero
Mesquita during the Cultural Revolution
Some guy on a horse
Conclusion
Paradoxes: Gambling and the Imperial Civil Service Examination
Gambling monopolies in Macao
Popular gambling games
The vaeseng lottery
The history of the gambling syndicates
The examination paradox
Conclusion: the three paradoxes
Equivocal Compatibilities: Person, Culture and Emotion
A confrontation of hegemonies
A critique of the isomorphic model of social reproduction
The court case
Macao's legal systemSlavery in Macao
The trade in persons in Macao
The Chinese concept of person
Conclusion
Stone Silences: Organized Amnesia
A non-existent monument
Silences and identities
Ambiguous belongings
Zhou Enlai' s response
A third silence
A Christian coda
Names: Personal Identity and Ethnic Ambiguity
Ethnicity and the person
Naming systems
Interethnic naming
Conclusionp. 156
Correlate Asymmetries: Gender, Class and Ethnicityp. 159
The matrimonial context of productionp. 160
The asymmetry in interethnic sexual relationsp. 165
The matrimonial context of reproductionp. 168
The caesura of the 1970s: marriage patternsp. 171
The caesura of the 1970s: domestic environmentp. 174
Conclusion: correlate asymmetriesp. 176
Habits of the Heart: Modern Women and Filial Pietyp. 179
Marriage property transfersp. 181
Matrimonial insecurityp. 185
Working womenp. 190
Filial daughtersp. 192
Diverging devolutionp. 195
Conclusionp. 200
Triad Wars and the End of Portuguese Administrationp. 205
Outlaws of the marshp. 208
A synopsis of the Triad Warsp. 213
The Triad Wars as an incidentep. 218
Conclusionp. 220
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ISBN: 9780826457493
ISBN-10: 0826457495
Series: London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.35