Winner of the Urban History Association's 2005 Best Book in Non-North American Urban History Award.
In traditional Chinese cities, a lively street culture was an important part of popular culture, and street life was central to the daily lives of city dwellers, especially the lower classes. 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 sourcesincluding archives, local newspapers, gazetteers, personal records, folk literature, and field investigationthe author argues that life in public spaces was radically transformed in Chengdu during these eventful years.
|Publisher:||Stanford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|List of Abbreviations||xv|
|Part I.||Commoners and Public Space|
|Part II.||Commoners and Social Reformers|
|4.||Reshaping the Street and Public Life||105|
|Part III.||Commoners and Local Politics|
|6.||The Struggle for the Street||163|