Separation and Reunion in Modern China

Separation and Reunion in Modern China

by Charles Stafford
ISBN-10:
0521784344
ISBN-13:
9780521784344
Pub. Date:
05/28/2014
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Separation and Reunion in Modern China

In this distinctive book, Charles Stafford describes the Chinese fascination with separation and reunion. Drawing on his field studies in Taiwan and mainland China, he gives a vivid account of festivals of reunion, rituals for the sending-off of gods, silent leave-takings, poetic words of parting, and bitter political rhetoric. Stafford examines how these idioms and practices help people situate themselves in historical communities, and how they are deployed in official Chinese rhetoric concerning Taiwan. The discussion of these everyday rituals offers rich insights into Chinese and Taiwanese society and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521784344
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: an anthropology of separation; 1. Two festivals of reunion; 2. The etiquette of parting and return; 3. Greeting and sending-off the dead; 4. The ambivalent threshold; 5. Commensality as reunion; 6. Women and the obligation to return; 7. Developing a sense of history; 8. Classical narratives of separation; 9. The politics of separation and reunion in China and Taiwan; Conclusion: the separation constraint.

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