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Separation and Reunion in Modern China - Charles Stafford

Separation and Reunion in Modern China

Hardcover Published: 11th September 2000
ISBN: 9780521780179
Number Of Pages: 212

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In this original and readable book, Charles Stafford describes the Chinese fascination with separation and reunion. Drawing on his field studies in Taiwan and mainland China, he gives a vivid account of raucous festivals of reunion, elaborate rituals for the sending-off of gods (and daughters), poetic moments of leave-takings between friends, and bitter political rhetoric about Chinese national unity. The idioms and practices of separation and reunion - which are woven into the fabric of daily life - help people to explain the passions aroused by the possibility of national division. In this book, the discussion of everyday rituals leads into a unique and accessible general introduction to Chinese and Taiwanese society and culture.

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'The intimate vignettes of family life and relations, the vivid portrayal of the often very unfamiliar ways in which intimacy and affection are expressed, are telling, often delightful or affecting - and alas uncommon in Chinese ethnography today. This is a work I shall gladly use to introduce my undergraduates to contemporary China in a way that will capture their attention without simplifying its complexity.' Francesca Bray University of California, Santa Barbara

Introduction: an anthropology of separation
Two festivals of reunion
The etiquette of parting and return
Greeting and sending-off the dead
The ambivalent threshold
Commensality as reunion
Women and the obligation to return
Developing a sense of history
Classical narratives of separation
The politics of separation and reunion in China and Taiwan
Conclusion: the separation constraint
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ISBN: 9780521780179
ISBN-10: 0521780179
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 11th September 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45

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