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Author Zheng, Zhenman

Title Family lineage organization and social change in Ming and Qing Fujian / Zheng Zhenman ; translated by Michael Szonyi, with the assistance of Kenneth Dean and David Wakefield
Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2001
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 373 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Ming and Qing Reign Periods -- Terms for Measures and Money -- Family Structure and the Household Development Cycle -- A Basic Typology of Lineage Organization -- The Development Process of Lineage Organization -- Family Lineage Organization and Social Change
Summary "This work is the result of more than a decade of research on the Chinese household and lineage in the southeastern province of Fujian during the Ming and Qing period (1368-1911). It offers new interpretations of the Chinese domestic cycle, the relationship between household and larger kinship groups, and the development of lineage society in south China. Using hundreds of previously unknown lineage genealogies, stone inscriptions, and land deeds, Zheng Zhenman provides a candid view of how individuals and families confronted the crucial issues of daily life: how to minimize taxes or military conscription; how to balance the ideological imperative of ancestor worship with practical concerns; how to deal with the problems of dividing the household estate. His research leads to an exploration of issues such as the relation of state to society and the compatibility of Chinese culture and capitalism." "This complete translation allows access to some of the most exciting new research being done in Chinese social history. Zheng's book draws on important materials largely unknown to Western scholars, comes to novel conclusions about society in late imperial China and illustrates the importance of the non-Western perspective in studying the history of the world outside the West."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-365) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Families -- China -- Fujian Sheng
Fujian Sheng (China) -- Social conditions
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0824842014
9780824842017 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)
Other Titles Ming Qing Fujian jia zu zu zhi yu she hui bian qian. English