Age of Wild Ghosts Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China

ISBN-10: 0520226313

ISBN-13: 9780520226319

Edition: 2001

Authors: Erik Mueggler

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In Erik Mueggler's powerful and imaginative ethnography, a rural minority community in the mountains of Southwest China struggles to find its place at the end of a century of violence and at the margins of a nation-state. Here, people describe the present age, beginning with the Great Leap Famine of 1958-1960 and continuing through the 1990s, as "the age of wild ghosts." Their stories of this age converge on a dream of community--a bad dream, embodied in the life, death, and reawakening of a single institution: a rotating headman-ship system that expired violently under the Maoist regime. Displaying a sensitive understanding of both Chinese and the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in this region, Mueggler explores memories of this institution, including the rituals and poetics that once surrounded it and the bitter conflicts that now haunt it.To exorcise "wild ghosts," he shows, is nothing less than to imagine the state and its power, to trace the responsibility for violence to its morally ambiguous origins, and to enunciate calls for justice and articulate longings for reconciliation.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 375
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Erik Mueggleris Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author ofThe Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China(UC Press).

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Orthography and Transcription
Introduction
An Intimate Immensity
An Empty Frame
The Valley House
Digested Words
A Spectral State
A Geography of Pain
The Age of Wild Ghosts
A Shattered Gourd
Notes
References
Index
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