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Author Potter, Sulamith Heins.

Title China's peasants : the anthropology of a revolution / by Sulamith Heins Potter and Jack M. Potter.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.56330951 POTT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 340-347.
Contents 1 Old "feudal" order: Zengbu before Liberation 1 -- 2 Establishing the new order 36 -- 3 Ordeal of collectivization 59 -- 4 Cultural Revolution 83 -- 5 Maoist society: the production team 94 -- 6 Maoist society: the brigade 129 -- 7 Maoist society: the commune 143 -- 8 Impatient aspirations: transition to the post-Mao period 158 -- 9 Cultural construction of emotion in rural Chinese social life 180 -- 10 Marriage, household, and family form 196 -- 11 Chinese birth planning: a cultural account 225 -- 12 Lineage and collective: structure and praxis 251 -- 13 Party organization 270 -- 14 Party ethic: a devotion born of distress and enthusiasm 283 -- 15 A caste-like system of social stratification: the position of peasants in modern China's social order 296 -- 16 Chinese peasants and the world capitalist system 313 -- 17 Crystallization of post-Mao society: Zengbu in 1985 327.
Summary The world's greatest revolution has left its mark on China, yet China remains fully and essentially Chinese. What is it to be a Chinese peasant under these circumstances? This study of Zengbu, a Cantonese community, is the first comprehensive analysis of a rural Chinese society by foreign anthropologists since the Revolution in 1949. From their data gathered using anthropological field methods, Jack and Sulamith Potter 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.
The authors assess the continuities and changes in rural China, moving from the traditional social organization and cultural life of the prerevolutionary period through the series of large scale efforts to implement planned social change which characterized Maoism - land reform, collectivization, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. They examine in detail late Maoist society in 1979-80 and go on to describe and analyze the extraordinary changes of the post-Mao years, during which Zengbu was decollectivized, and traditional customs and religious practices reappeared.
Much of the material contained in this highly readable study is unique in the literature on China and will be of interest to the general reader as well as to students and scholars of anthropology and Chinese studies.
Other author Potter, Jack M.
Subject Communism -- China -- History.
China -- Rural conditions.
China -- Social conditions -- 1949-
ISBN 0521355214
052135787X (paperback)