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China's Peasants : The Anthropology of a Revolution - Sulamith Heins Potter

China's Peasants

The Anthropology of a Revolution

Paperback Published: 28th May 1990
ISBN: 9780521357876
Number Of Pages: 376

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This landmark study of Zengbu, a Cantonese community, is the first comprehensive analysis of a rural Chinese society by foreign anthropologists since the Revolution of 1949. The authors examine the revolutionary experiences of Zengbu's peasant villagers and document the rapid changeover from Maoist to post-Maoist China. In particular, they seek to explain the persistence of the deep structure of Chinese culture through thirty years of revolutionary praxis. A video documentary, produced by the Potters and Tom Luehrsen, Zengbu After Mao, is available from New Dimension Media. For video purchase or rental information contact New Dimension Media, 85895 Lorane Highway, Eugene, Oregon 97405.

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"If you were going to read one book to become informed about the social, political, economic, and cultural impacts of the Chinese Revolution in rural China and trends after the decline of Mao Tse-tsung's towering influence on it, this would be an excellent choice...well-crafted, highly informative." Journal of Anthropological Research "The tight fabric of the book is dense with factual detail and social scientific theory, happily seasoned with biographical accounts of individual actors in the drama over the decades." B.E. Wallacker, Choice "As one of the first major ethnographic investigations of rural society in the People's Republic, Potter and Potter's book deserves widespread attention...an impressive ethnography. It should be of interest to all who study rural China, regardless of disciplne." Andrew B. Kipnis, Journal of Asian and African Studies

List of illustrationsp. viii
List of tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Notes on the textp. xiv
The old "feudal" order: Zengbu before Liberationp. 1
Establishing the new orderp. 36
The ordeal of collectivizationp. 59
The Cultural Revolutionp. 83
Maoist society: the production teamp. 94
Maoist society: the brigadep. 129
Maoist society: the communep. 143
Impatient aspirations: transition to the post-Mao periodp. 158
The cultural construction of emotion in rural Chinese social lifep. 180
Marriage, household, and family formp. 196
Chinese birth planning: a cultural accountp. 225
Lineage and collective: structure and praxisp. 251
Party organizationp. 270
The party ethic: a devotion born of distress and enthusiasmp. 283
A caste-like system of social stratification: the position of peasants in modern China's social orderp. 296
The Chinese peasants and the world capitalist systemp. 313
The crystallization of post-Mao society: Zengbu in 1985p. 327
Referencesp. 340
Indexp. 348
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ISBN: 9780521357876
ISBN-10: 052135787X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 28th May 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.22  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.59

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