Separation and Reunion in Modern China
By (author) Charles Stafford
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Separation and Reunion in Modern China by Charles Stafford
Book DescriptionIn 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521784344
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Stafford
Ordinary Ethics in China, Paperback (February 2013)
Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork, this volume focuses on the experiences of and approaches to ethics by individuals in everyday situations in contemporary China. Rich case studies provide fascinating insights into widely debated issues, making this essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology and sociology.
Questions of Anthropology, Hardback (July 2007)
Anthropology seems to shy away from the big, comparative questions that ordinary people in many societies find compelling. This title contains essays that explore birth, death and sexuality, puzzles about the relationship between science and religion, questions about the nature of ritual, work and genocide, and our personal fears and desires.
Roads of Chinese Childhood, Paperback (June 2006)
A 1995 study of learning and childhood in the Taiwanese fishing community of Angang.
Living with Separation in China, Hardback (June 2003)» View all books by Charles Stafford
In dealing with the central theme of separation this book also provides a good general introduction to many of the classic debates within anthropological and historical analyses of China.
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