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Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life
     

Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life

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by Chuan-kang Shih
 

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ISBN-10: 080476199X

ISBN-13: 9780804761994

Pub. Date: 12/22/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In this long-awaited ethnography, Chuan-kang Shih details the traditional social and cultural conditions of the Moso, a matrilineal group living on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in southwest China. Among the Moso, a majority of the adult population practice a visiting system called tisese instead of marriage as the normal sexual and reproductive

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In this long-awaited ethnography, Chuan-kang Shih details the traditional social and cultural conditions of the Moso, a matrilineal group living on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in southwest China. Among the Moso, a majority of the adult population practice a visiting system called tisese instead of marriage as the normal sexual and reproductive institution. Until recently, tisese was noncontractual, nonobligatory, and nonexclusive. Partners lived and worked in separate households. The only prerequisite for a tisese relationship was a mutual agreement between the man and the woman to allow sexual access to each other. In a comprehensive account, Quest for Harmony explores this unique practice specifically, and offers thorough documentation, fine-grained analysis, and an engaging discussion of the people, history, and structure of Moso society. Drawing on the author's extensive fieldwork, conducted from 1987 to 2006, this is the first ethnography of the Moso written in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804761994
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xi
Note on the Usage of Kinship Terms in English....................xiii
Legend of Symbols in Kinship Diagrams....................xiv
Introduction....................1
1. The People and Their History....................21
2. The Political Structure and Cultural Environment of Traditional Moso Society....................52
3. Tisese: The Primary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union....................73
4. Marriage: The Secondary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union....................101
5. Matrilineal Descent and Matrilineal Ideology....................132
6. The Moso Social Organization: The Domestic Group and the Descent Group....................149
7. Navigating through the Web of Social Relations....................176
8. Household Life among the Moso....................207
9. The Unusual Moso Gender System....................227
10. Religions and Rituals among the Moso....................241
Conclusion....................261
Notes....................281
Character List....................299
References....................305
Index....................319

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