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Separation and Reunion in Modern China

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ISBN-10: 0521784344

ISBN-13: 9780521784344

Edition: 2000

Authors: Charles Stafford

List price: $42.99
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In this original and readable 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 raucous festivals of reunion, elaborate rituals for the sending-off of gods (and daughters), poetic moments of leave-takings between friends, and bitter political rhetoric about Chinese national unity. The idioms and practices of separation and reunion - which are woven into the fabric of daily life - help people to explain the passions aroused by the possibility of national division. In this book, the discussion of everyday rituals leads into a unique and accessible general introduction to…    
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Book details

List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/9/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Introduction: an anthropology of separation
Two festivals of reunion
The etiquette of parting and return
Greeting and sending-off the dead
The ambivalent threshold
Commensality as reunion
Women and the obligation to return
Developing a sense of history
Classical narratives of separation
The politics of separation and reunion in China and Taiwan
Conclusion: the separation constraint