Synopses & Reviews
This landmark study of Zengbu, a Cantonese community, is the first comprehensive analysis of a rural Chinese society by foreign anthropologists since the Revolution of 1949. The authors examine the revolutionary experiences of Zengbu's peasant villagers and document the rapid changeover from Maoist to post-Maoist China. In particular, they seek to explain the persistence of the deep structure of Chinese culture through thirty years of revolutionary praxis. A video documentary, produced by the Potters and Tom Luehrsen, Zengbu After Mao, is available from New Dimension Media. For video purchase or rental information contact New Dimension Media, 85895 Lorane Highway, Eugene, Oregon 97405.
A study of Zengbu, a Cantonese community, in rural China. The study was carried out by foreign anthropologists after the Revolution of 1949. The revolutionary experiences of the peasant villagers are documented as is the rapid changeover from Maoist to post-Maoist China.
The revolutionary experiences of Cantonese peasant villagers are documented in the first comprehensive analysis of rural Chinese society by foreign anthropologists since the Revolution of 1949.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Notes on the text; 1. The old feudal order: Zengbu before liberation; 2. Establishing the new order; 3. The ordeal of collectivization; 4. The Cultural Revolution; 5. Maoist society: the production team; 6. Maoist society: the brigade; 7. Maoist society: the commune; 8. Decollectivization: transition to the post-Mao period; 9. The cultural construction of emotion in rural Chinese social life; 10. Marriage, household, and family form; 11. Chinese birth planning: a cultural account; 12. Lineage and collective: structure and praxis; 13. Party organization; 14. The party ethic: a devotion born of distress and enthusiasm; 15. A caste-like system of social stratification: the position of peasants in modern China's social order; 16. The Chinese peasants and the world capitalist system; 17. The crystallization of post-Mao society: Zengbu in 1985; References; Index.