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From the Soil : the Foundations of Chinese Society, a Translation of Fei Xiaotong's Xiangtu Zhongguo (92 Edition)

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This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China's finest social scientist, was first published in 1947 and is Fei's chief theoretical statement about the distinctive characteristics of Chinese society. Written in Chinese from a Chinese point of view for a Chinese audience, From the Soil describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and Western societies, thereby conveying the essential features of both. Fei shows how these unique features reflect and are reflected in the moral and ethical characters of people in these societies. This profound, challenging book is both succinct and accessible. In its first complete English-language edition, it is likely to have a wide impact on Western social theorists.

Gary G. Hamilton and Wang Zheng's translation captures Fei's jargonless, straightforward style of writing. Their introduction describes Fei's education and career as a sociologist, the fate of his writings on and off the Mainland, and the sociological significance of his analysis. The translators' epilogue highlights the social reforms for China that Fei drew from his analysis and advocated in a companion text written in the same period.

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"A lucid and fascinating work about Chinese society and values. Fei's account of how China differs from the West is every bit as telling now as it was when this book was first published almost half a century ago."—Orville Schell

"What are the fundamental characteristics of Chinese society and how does it differ from the West? In From the Soil, China's foremost sociologist offered his insights, based on fieldwork in China and residence in the West, into this fascinating question. Vivid and clearly written, it has long been a classic of Chinese sociology, widely read by Chinese. It is wonderful finally to have it available in English."—David Arkush, University of Iowa

About the Author

Gary G. Hamilton is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Wang Zheng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520077966
Designed:
Hamilton, Gary G.
Other:
Zheng, Wang
Designed by:
Hamilton, Gary G.
Designed:
Hamilton, Gary G.
Author:
Xiaotong, Fei
Author:
Hamilton, Gary G.
Author:
Fei, Hsiao-Tung
Author:
Zheng, Wang
Author:
Fei, Xiaotong
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
China
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
China Social conditions.
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
First Edition, A translation of Fei Xiaotong's Xiangtu Zhongguo
Series Volume:
no. 90-108, pts. 1-2
Publication Date:
19920831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 8 oz

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"A lucid and fascinating work about Chinese society and values. Fei's account of how China differs from the West is every bit as telling now as it was when this book was first published almost half a century ago."—Orville Schell

"What are the fundamental characteristics of Chinese society and how does it differ from the West? In From the Soil, China's foremost sociologist offered his insights, based on fieldwork in China and residence in the West, into this fascinating question. Vivid and clearly written, it has long been a classic of Chinese sociology, widely read by Chinese. It is wonderful finally to have it available in English."—David Arkush, University of Iowa

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