The Roads of Chinese Childhood: Learning and Identification in Angang

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $37.26
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 36%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $37.26   
  • New (4) from $53.02   
  • Used (6) from $37.26   


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Stafford is to be congratulated for bringing original insights into the key question of what Taiwanese children learn and how they learn it. Taiwan/China specialists, comparative students of childhood experience, and those seeking a clear, lively recent survey of working-class life in rural taiwan will find this an attractive book." American Journal of Sociology

"A particular strength of the book is its description of how traditional Confucian values of filial piety are taught and learned....this book is definetly worth close study. The novice to Chinese culture, as well as those scholars who specialize in China, will find much of interest and importance in this work." Nancy Abelmann, American Anthropologist

"The comparative notes to childhood oin northeastern China which form the epilogue are particularly insightful. This book will prove valuable to scholars and students of all cultures because of its concise study of the way children are given an introduction and education into their religious and traditional background." Linda L. Lam-Easton, Religious Studies Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 3
1 Two roads 17
2 Ghosts are not connexions 33
3 The proper way of being a person 56
4 Textbook mothers and frugal children 69
5 Red envelopes and the cycle of yang 79
6 Going forward bravely 112
7 Divining children 122
8 Dangerous rituals 144
9 Conclusion 166
10 Notes on childhood in northeastern China 175
Notes 186
Glossary 196
References 205
Index 211
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)