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Author Wang, Di, 1956- author

Title Violence and order on the Chengdu Plain : the story of a secret brotherhood in rural China, 1939-1949 / Di Wang
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 260 pages)
Contents Introduction : two stories joined in the Chengdu Plain -- A public execution -- A local band of the Gowned Brothers -- Spirituality and customs -- Secret codes and language -- Disciplines and dominance -- A tenant farmer and Paoge master -- Entering the Paoge -- The decline of power -- A family crisis and a rural woman's fate -- Fall of the Paoge -- Looking for the storyteller -- Untangling Paoge myth -- Appendix 1 : Paoge ranks -- Appendix 2 : Lei family tree -- Appendix 3 : selected ritual/festival events -- Appendix 4 : Chinese texts of sayings and poems -- Appendix 5 : brief comments on texts, myth, and history
Summary This is the first book-length treatment of the Paoge--a violent secret society located in a rural village near Chengdu, China. The book uses a filicide within the society as a starting point to examine the environment, history, culture, and organization of the Paoge and the structures of local power in 1940s rural Sichuan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 30, 2018)
Subject Ge lao hui -- History -- 20th century.
Brotherhoods -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Filicide -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Power (Social sciences) -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Secret societies -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Sichuan Sheng (China) -- Rural conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017037897
ISBN 1503605337 (electronic book)
9781503605336 (electronic book)