Introduction : urban political transitions under socialism -- The demise of the Chengdu teahouse guild and the fall of small business -- State control and the rise of socialist entertainment -- The decline of public life under Mao's rule -- The resurgence of teahouses in the reform era -- Urban residents and migrant workers in public life -- The power of mahjong -- Conclusion : the state, the teahouse, and the public sphere
To understand a city fully, writes Di Wang, we must observe its most basic units of social life. In The Teahouse under Socialism, Wang does just that, arguing that the teahouses of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, are some of the most ..
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