Rural China on the Eve of Revolution: Sichuan Fieldnotes, 1949-1950

Rural China on the Eve of Revolution: Sichuan Fieldnotes, 1949-1950

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ISBN-13: 9780295999425
Publisher: University of Washington Press and University of Washington Libraries
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

G. William Skinner (1925–2008) was the dean of sinological anthropology in the West, a major theorist of family systems, and a pioneer in applying spatial analysis techniques to the study of agrarian societies. Stevan Harrell, professor of anthropology and environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington, is the author of Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China. William Lavely, professor of international studies and sociology at the University of Washington, is the author of many articles on demography and the family in contemporary China.

Table of Contents

Preface Stevan Harrell William Lavely vii

Acknowledgments xi

Maps xii

1 The Road to Gaodianzi: June-November 1949 3

2 Settling In: November 12-26 41

3 A Household Survey and Rumors of the Communists: November 28-December 16 99

4 Working Out the Market Network as the PLA Approaches: December 13-24 121

5 Liberation! December 27-January 3 147

6 The Communists and the Temples: January 5-13 164

7 The Last Dongyue Temple Festival: January 15-17 191

8 The Premature End of Fieldwork: January 18-25 212

Epilogue: January-May 1950 233

Afterword Zhijia Shen 241

Glossary 245

Index 257

What People are Saying About This

Evelyn Rawski

William Skinner’s field notes, edited by Harrell and Lavely, present an absorbing recital of life in rural Sichuan on the eve of its transformation into socialism. The photos enormously enhance the text, which is studded with insights foreshadowing some of Skinner’s most important contributions to the China field, and evoke the circumstances of ordinary Chinese living through chaotic times. There is much to learn from this book.

P. Steven Sangren

An important contribution to the historical literature on China’s revolution as a firsthand account of the communist transition.

From the Publisher

"An important contribution to the historical literature on China's revolution as a firsthand account of the communist transition."—P. Steven Sangren, author of Chinese Sociologics: An Anthropological Account of Alienation and Social Reproduction

"The discovery of Bill Skinner's day-to-day account of the communist takeover of Sichuan is very significant. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists will find much of interest in this book."—James L. Watson, Harvard University

"William Skinner's field notes, edited by Harrell and Lavely, present an absorbing recital of life in rural Sichuan on the eve of its transformation into socialism. The photos enormously enhance the text, which is studded with insights foreshadowing some of Skinner's most important contributions to the China field, and evoke the circumstances of ordinary Chinese living through chaotic times. There is much to learn from this book."—Evelyn Rawski, University of Pittsburgh

James L. Watson

The discovery of Bill Skinner's day-to-day account of the communist takeover of Sichuan is very significant. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists will find much of interest in this book.

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