Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners, and Local Politics, 1870-1930

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This book examines street culture in Chengdu, an under-studied inland city, during the transformative decades between 1870 and 1930, in order to explore various topics: the relationship between urban commoners and public space; the role that community and neighborhood played in public life; how the reform movement and the Republican revolution changed everyday life; and how popular culture and local politics interacted.

Drawing on a rich array of Chinese and Western sources - including archives, local newspapers, gazetteers, personal records, folk literature, and field investigation - the author argues that life in public spaces was radically transformed in Chengdu in the early twentieth century. This transformation resulted in the reconstruction of urban public space, the re-creation of people's public roles, and the redefinition of the relations between ordinary people, local elites, and the state. Urban residents, especially the poor, used the street as shared space for everyday commercial, recreational, and ceremonial activities. With the onset of social change, Western-influenced reformers in Chengdu sought to regulate the use of public space, and commoners had to struggle to maintain their claim to the street. The net impact of this study is to open a new way of understanding Chinese urban society and culture during these transformative years.

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"...the book offers a wealth of information about local customs and traditions in inland China and never fails to keep one engaged."—Journal of Chinese Political Science

"This is an engaging and wonderfully readable account of everyday life and popular culture in an indigenous Chinese city at the time of social transition and political turmoil. The book is a fine example of how China's national politics affected the lives of the common people in a particular region. Wang is passionate about his subject, discerning in his analysis, and robus in his presentation. Dozens of photos and drawings, carefully selected from early twentieth century local pictorials, missionary books, and personal collections, provide good allies for the text. Students of Chinese urban history will find this book both riveting and edifying."—American Historical Review

"Overall, the book is well researched, carefully documented, and masterfully crafted."—Asian Studies Review

"This carefully researched study is a fine example of the kind of fine-grained social history being produced by the new generation of young Chinese historians."—The China Quarterly

"The descriptive power of the book (aided by carefully chosen drawings and photographs) helps us visualize an important city in transition. Sharp analyses throughout make sense of practices and institutions otherwise obscure to many of us, such as 'bamboo-branch poetry,' 'chicken-feathers inns,' the 'Climbing High to Escape Disease Festival,' name a few examples covered in this encyclopedic and engaging work."—Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804747783
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Di Wang is Professor of History at Texas A & M University. He is also the author of The Teahouse: Small Business, Everyday Culture, and Public Politics in Chengdu, 1900-1950 (Stanford, 2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Commoners and Public Space
2 The Street 23
3 Street Life 68
Pt. II Commoners and Social Reformers
4 Reshaping the Street and Public Life 105
5 Street Control 131
Pt. III Commoners and Local Politics
6 The Struggle for the Street 163
7 Street Politics 206
8 Conclusion 245
Character List 255
Notes 277
Works Cited 323
Index 343
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