From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society / Edition 1

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Overview


This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China's finest social scientist, was first published in 1947 and is Fei's chief theoretical statement about the distinctive characteristics of Chinese society. Written in Chinese from a Chinese point of view for a Chinese audience, From the Soil describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and Western societies, thereby conveying the essential features of both. Fei shows how these unique features reflect and are reflected in the moral and ethical characters of people in these societies. This profound, challenging book is both succinct and accessible. In its first complete English-language edition, it is likely to have a wide impact on Western social theorists.

Gary G. Hamilton and Wang Zheng's translation captures Fei's jargonless, straightforward style of writing. Their introduction describes Fei's education and career as a sociologist, the fate of his writings on and off the Mainland, and the sociological significance of his analysis. The translators' epilogue highlights the social reforms for China that Fei drew from his analysis and advocated in a companion text written in the same period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520077966
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,224,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Gary G. Hamilton is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Wang Zheng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Fei Xiaotong and the Beginnings of a Chinese Sociology 1
1 Special Characteristics of Rural Society 37
2 Bringing Literary to the Countryside 45
3 More Thoughts on Bringing Literary to the Countryside 53
4 Chaxugeju: The Differential Mode of Association 60
5 The Morality of Personal Relationships 71
6 Patrilineages 80
7 "Between Men and Women, There Are Only Differences" 87
8 A Rule of Ritual 94
9 A Society without Litigation 101
10 An Inactive Government 108
11 Rule by Elders 114
12 Consanguinity and Regionalism 120
13 Separating Names from Reality 128
14 From Desire to Necessity 134
Epilogue: Sociology and the Reconstruction of Rural China 141
Glossary 153
Index 157
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