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

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

by Di Wang
ISBN-10:
0804747784
ISBN-13:
9780804747783
Pub. Date:
07/28/2003
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
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Overview

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

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 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 during these eventful years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804747783
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2003
Edition description: 1
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
List of Abbreviationsxv
1.Introduction1
Part I.Commoners and Public Space
2.The Street23
3.Street Life68
Part II.Commoners and Social Reformers
4.Reshaping the Street and Public Life105
5.Street Control131
Part III.Commoners and Local Politics
6.The Struggle for the Street163
7.Street Politics206
8.Conclusion245
Character List255
Notes277
Works Cited323
Index343

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