Living with Separation in China: Anthropological Accounts / Edition 1

Living with Separation in China: Anthropological Accounts / Edition 1

by Charles Stafford, Stafford Charle, C. Stafford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415305713

ISBN-13: 9780415305716

Pub. Date: 08/22/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Everyone, in the course of their life, must face a range of problems associated with separation and, by extension, its corolly reunion. Major life-cycle rituals - such as weddings and funerals - have these two issues at their core in all societies. However, in the case of China, the rituals and practices associated with separation and reunion seem especially

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Everyone, in the course of their life, must face a range of problems associated with separation and, by extension, its corolly reunion. Major life-cycle rituals - such as weddings and funerals - have these two issues at their core in all societies. However, in the case of China, the rituals and practices associated with separation and reunion seem especially elaborate, becoming crucial cultural elements which form part of the country's tradition.

Chinese idioms and practices of separation are highly relevant to the experiences of ordinary people in many social domains, ranging from gender and kinship, to religion, to the politics of ethnic identity. The contributors address distinct yet closely interrelated topics including:

* separation laments sung by women at marriages and funerals
* popular stories about gods who must leave their families in order to achieve recognition
* attempts of the ghostly deal to make connection with the living
* dislocations from ancestral lands caused bydam building projects
* the role of pilgramage in the construction of identity among Chinese Muslims

In dealing with the central theme of separation Living with Separation in China also provides a good general introduction to many of the classic debates within anthropological and historical analyses of China.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415305716
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/22/2003
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
Preface
1Introduction: the separation constraint in China1
2Singing of separation, lamenting loss: Hakka women's expressions of separation and reunion27
3Separations, autonomy and recognition in the production of gender differences: reflections from considerations of myths and laments53
4An unsafe distance85
5Dams and dreams: a return-to-homeland movement in northwest China113
6The 'glorious returns' of Chinese pilgrims to Mecca130
7Exiles and reunion: nostalgia among overseas Hmong (Miao)157
8Linguistic and social patterns of separation and reunion176
Index189

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