Download China's Peasants: The Anthropology of a Revolution by Sulamith Heins Potter PDF

By Sulamith Heins Potter

This landmark learn of Zengbu, a Cantonese group, is the 1st finished research of a rural chinese language society by way of international anthropologists because the Revolution of 1949. The authors study the innovative reports of Zengbu's peasant villagers and record the speedy changeover from Maoist to post-Maoist China. particularly, they search to give an explanation for the endurance of the deep constitution of chinese language tradition via thirty years of innovative praxis. A video documentary, produced by means of the Potters and Tom Luehrsen, Zengbu After Mao, is on the market from New size Media. For video buy or apartment details touch New measurement Media, 85895 Lorane street, Eugene, Oregon 97405.

Show description

Read or Download China's Peasants: The Anthropology of a Revolution PDF

Similar minority studies books

To Marry an Indian: The Marriage of Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot in Letters, 1823-1839

While nineteen-year-old Harriett Gold, from a favourite white family members in Cornwall, Connecticut, introduced in 1825 her purpose to marry a Cherokee guy, her stunned kin initiated a lively correspondence debating her determination to marry an Indian. ultimately, Gold's relations reconciled themselves to her needs, and she or he married Elias Boudinot in 1826.

Hispanic Immigrant Identity: Political Allegiance vs. Cultural Preference (The New Americans)

Whilst the inside track media pronounces photographs of Hispanic immigrants waving the flags in their nations of foundation, americans ask: Are the immigrants putting forward a political allegiance or expressing a cultural choice? Monsivais addresses this query by means of first constructing minimal standards of being "American" by means of analyzing old and present literature and ultimate court docket judgements; undertaking a secondary research of "The nationwide Latino Immigrant Survey" as mentioned in New americans through selection (Pachon and DeSipio, 1994); and reporting the result of concentration workforce interviews carried out with felony Hispanic immigrants.

Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain (Migration, Minorities & Citizenship)

A accomplished comparative examine of the certain principles and political arguments that experience formed French and British regulations in the direction of their ethnic minorities, and the results of those highbrow frameworks at neighborhood, nationwide and eu degrees. Charting the politics and occasions that introduced the respective institutional options jointly, the writer units out the divergent conceptualisations of citizenship, nationality, pluralism, autonomy, public order and tolerance that make up the nationwide 'philosophies' within the international locations - republican integration in France and multicultural race family members in Britain.

Racial Stigma on the Hollywood Screen from World War II to the Present: The Orientalist Buddy Film

Racial Stigma at the Hollywood reveal from WWII to the current charts how the dominant white and black binary of yankee racial discourse affects Hollywood s illustration of the Asian. The Orientalist blood brother movie attracts a state of affairs during which neighbors, one white and one black, go beyond an preliminary hatred for each other by way of becoming a member of forces opposed to a overseas Asian risk.

Additional info for China's Peasants: The Anthropology of a Revolution

Sample text

Although theoretically, in the last two or three decades before Liberation at least, they could own land like anyone else, slave families did not actually buy any because it could have been taken from them at any time or they could have been driven from the village and their property confiscated. They owned their own small mud-brick houses but not the house lots on which they were built. They were not allowed to have the usual wedding trappings; they could not have music played nor could they bring their brides into the village in a sedan chair.

Only wealthy families could afford to hire a fengshui teacher to undertake the complex process of locating a tomb site with excellent fengshui. Consequently, most jinta were left permanently exposed on the hillsides, where they were worshipped every spring by their immediate descendants. Eventually, most of the jinta would be lost, and the ancestral spirits they contained forgotten. The jinta might be overgrown with vegetation or kicked open by a stray water buffalo, and the bones scattered. Even if the jinta were not lost or broken, most descendants discontinued the yearly worshiping and grave-cleaning ceremony in the spring after a period of time.

Agriculture was very backward, and its technology was primitive. Irrigation works and flood control facilities were in poor repair. There was no local agency capable of mobilizing the peasant farmers on the large scale needed to carry out the building of reservoirs, levees, and canals necessary to increase the amount of irrigated land and to protect against floods or droughts. Farms controlled by the peasants were extremely small, and individual farm units were divided into numerous small plots that were inefficient to work.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.22 of 5 – based on 35 votes