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Art of Doing Good Charity in Late Ming China

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ISBN-10: 0520253639

ISBN-13: 9780520253636

Edition: 2009

Authors: Joanna Handlin Smith

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An unprecedented passion for saving lives swept through late Ming society, giving rise to charitable institutions that transcended family, class, and religious boundaries. Analyzing lecture transcripts, administrative guidelines, didactic tales, and diaries, Joanna Handlin Smith abandons the facile explanation that charity was a response to poverty and social unrest and examines the social and economic changes that stimulated the fervor for doing good. Skillfully organized and engaging,The Art of Doing Goodmoves from discussions about moral leadership and beliefs to scrutiny of the daily operation of soup kitchens and medical dispensaries, and from examining local society to generalizing about the just use of resources and the role of social networks in charitable giving.
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Book details

List price: $66.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/24/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Joanna Handlin Smith is the editor of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and the author of Action in Late Ming Thought: The Reorientation of L� K'un and Other Scholar-Officials (UC Press).

Acknowledgments
Conventions, Measurements, and Dynasties
Introduction
New Routines: Associations for Doing Good
Societies for Liberating Animals
Early Benevolent Societies and Their Visionary Leaders
The Benevolent Society among Its Alternatives
Lectures for the Poor-and the Rich
A Benevolent Society Viewed from the Margins
Enacting Charitable Routines during a Crisis
Mobilizing Food Relief
Aligning with Officials
Medical Relief and Other Good Deeds
Beliefs in Charity-and the Rhetoric of Beliefs
Conclusion: From Moral Transformation toward the Legitimation of Wealth
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Character Glossary
Index