The Anthropology of Taiwanese society
- edited by Emily Martin Ahern and Hill Gates ; contributors, Emily Martin Ahern ... [et al.] ; sponsored by the Joint Committee on Contemporary China of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.
- Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1981.
- Physical description
- xi, 491 p.,  leaf of plates : map ; 24 cm.
- 1. Introduction Hill Gates and Emily Martin Ahern-- Part I. Political Organization:
- 2. National, regional, and local politics Edwin A. Winckler--
- 3. Government enterprise and village politics Chung-min Chen--
- 4. Roles linking state and society Edwin A. Winckler-- Part II. Local Organization:
- 5. The structure of local and regional systems Lawrence W. Crissman--
- 6. Social organization in Hai-shan Stevan Harrell-- Part III. Economic organization:
- 7. Economics and ecology Burton Pasternak--
- 8. Perceptions of work among factory women Lydia Kung--
- 9. Continuitites in land tenure, 1900-1940 Edgar Wickberg-- Part IV. Ethnicity:
- 10. Ethnicity and social class Hill Gates--
- 11. Subethnic rivalry in the Ch'ing period Harry J. Lamley--
- 12. Voluntary associations and rural-urban migration Alexander Chien-chung Yin-- Part V. The Family:
- 13. Domestic organization Arthur P. Wolf--
- 14. Property and family division Lung-sheng Sung-- Part VI. Region and Ritual:
- 15. The sexual politics of karmic retribution Gary Seaman--
- 16. The Thai Ti Kong festival Emily Martin Ahern-- Afterword Sidney W. Mintz-- Character list-- Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This volume represents the state of the art of anthropology in Taiwan, summing up more than twenty years of fieldwork and publication. It also contains the fullest and best integrated set of anthropological data we have for any region of China, for any period of history. It deals directly with the difficult question that faces China anthropologists - in what sense is Taiwan a part of China? Should Taiwan be primarily described as a natural end product of a long cultural tradition (a Chinese province), or should it be primarily described as a product of external factors (a small, rapidly developing society with the world's densest population, uniquely situated in the world economy)? For other anthropologists, the volume contains data and analysis that pertain to many current problems: the relationship between ethnicity and social class, the role of historical factors in anthropological explanation, the interaction between religious activities and state control, and the interplay between national and local political and economic systems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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