The Roads of Chinese Childhood: Learning and Identification in Angang

The Roads of Chinese Childhood: Learning and Identification in Angang

by Charles Stafford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521026563

ISBN-13: 9780521026567

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Children in the Taiwanese fishing community of Angang have their attention drawn, consciously and unconsciously, to various forms of identification through their participation in schooling, family life and popular religion. They read texts about 'virtuous mothers', share 'meaningful foods' with other villagers, visit the altars of 'divining children' and participate…  See more details below

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Children in the Taiwanese fishing community of Angang have their attention drawn, consciously and unconsciously, to various forms of identification through their participation in schooling, family life and popular religion. They read texts about 'virtuous mothers', share 'meaningful foods' with other villagers, visit the altars of 'divining children' and participate in 'dangerous' god-strengthening rituals. In particular they learn about the family-based cycle of reciprocity, and the tension between this and commitment to the nation. Charles Stafford's study of childhood in this community (with additional material from northeastern mainland China) explores absorbing issues related to nurturance, education, family, kinship and society in its analysis of how children learn, or do not learn, to identify themselves as both familial and Chinese.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521026567
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #97
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction3
1Two roads17
2Ghosts are not connexions33
3The proper way of being a person56
4Textbook mothers and frugal children69
5Red envelopes and the cycle of yang79
6Going forward bravely112
7Divining children122
8Dangerous rituals144
9Conclusion166
10Notes on childhood in northeastern China175
Notes186
Glossary196
References205
Index211

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