Fate and Fortune in Rural China
Social Organization and Population Behavior in Liaoning 1774-1873
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Fate and Fortune in Rural China by James Z. Lee
Book DescriptionFate and Fortune in Rural China is a major contribution to the study of both the social and population history of late traditional China, and that of historical demography in general. Lee and Campbell use the example of Liaoning to demonstrate the interaction between demographic and other social pressures, and to illustrate graphically the nature of social mobility and social organization in rural China over the course of the century from 1774-1873. Their conclusion - that social norms, rooted in ideology, determined demographic performance - is supported by a mass of hitherto inaccessible primary data. The authors show how the Chinese state articulated two different principles of social hierarchy, heredity and ability, through two different social organizations: households and banners. These different boundary conditions, each the explicit creation of the state, gave rise to contrasting demographic behaviour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521039697
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James Z. Lee
Life Under Pressure, Paperback (February 2009)
A pioneering work in comparative history and social science that compares population behavior in response to adversity in Europe and Asia.
One Quarter of Humanity, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by James Z. Lee
This work presents evidence about the historical and contemporary Chinese population behaviour that overturns much of the received wisdom about the differences between China and the West first voiced by Malthus.
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