The Anthropology of China

China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique

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Author: Charlotte Bruckermann,Stephan Feuchtwang

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 1783269855

Category: History

Page: 292

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Putting China into the context of general anthropology offers novel insights into its history, culture and society. Studies in the anthropology of China need to look outwards, to other anthropological areas, while at the same time, anthropologists specialised elsewhere cannot afford to ignore contributions from China. This book introduces a number of key themes and in each case describes how the anthropology and ethnography of China relates to the surrounding theories and issues. The themes chosen include the anthropology of intimacy, of morality, of food and of feasting, as well as the anthropology of civilisation, modernity and the state. The Anthropology of China covers both long historical perspectives and ethnographies of the twenty-first century. For the first time, ethnographic perspectives on China are contextualised in comparison with general anthropological debates. Readers are invited to engage in and rethink China's place within the wider world, making it perfect for professional researchers and teachers of anthropology and Chinese history and society, and for advanced undergraduate and graduate study.

The Anthropology of China

China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique

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Author: Stephan Feuchtwang,Charlotte Bruckermann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783269839

Category: Anthropology

Page: 279

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Introduction -- Anthropology of China : history, regionalism and comparison -- Kinship as ideology and as corporation -- Relatedness and gender -- Love, emotion and sentiment -- The exchange of money, gifts and favours -- The localization and globalization of food -- Nature, environment and activism -- Ritual and belief -- Hospitality -- The stranger king and the outside of an imperial civilisation -- The anthropology of the modern state in China -- Conclusion

Ordnungen im Wandel

Globale und lokale Wirklichkeiten im Spiegel transdisziplinärer Analysen

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Author: Friedrich Arndt,Carmen Dege,Christian Ellermann,Maximilian Mayer,David Teller,Lisbeth Zimmermann

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839407834

Category: Political Science

Page: 386

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Ordnung muss sein! So lässt sich das zentrale Strukturprinzip der Moderne zusammenfassen. Heutige soziale, politische, wirtschaftliche und rechtliche Ordnungen erscheinen dagegen immer weniger eindeutig. Ziel dieses Bandes ist es, den Blick transdisziplinär für alternative Konzeptionen von Wirklichkeit zu öffnen. Dabei wird gefragt: Welche Ordnungen institutionalisieren sich jenseits von Demokratie, Nation und Staat? Inwiefern bestehen Ordnungen nebeneinander fort und überlagern sich in Zeit und Raum? Die Beiträge eröffnen eine Debatte, die moderne Paradigmen hinterfragt und die Eindimensionalität und Statik traditioneller sozialwissenschaftlicher Konzepte herausfordert.

The Anthropology of Citizenship

A Reader

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Author: Sian Lazar

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1118412915

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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The Anthropology of Citizenship introduces thetheoretical foundations of and cutting edge approaches tocitizenship in the contemporary world, in local, national andglobal contexts. Key readings provide a cross-cultural perspectiveon citizenship practices, and an individual citizen’srelationship with the state. Introduces a range of exciting and cutting edge approaches tocitizenship in the contemporary world Provides key readings for students and researchers who wish togain an understanding of citizenship practices, and anindividual’s relationship with the state in a globalcontext Offers an anthropological perspective on citizenship, the selfand political agency, with a focus on encounters between citizensand the state in education, law, development, and immigrationpolicy Provides students with an understanding of the theoreticalfoundations of citizenship, as characterized by liberal and civicrepublican ideas of political belonging and exclusion Explores how citizenship is constructed at different scales andin different spaces Twenty-five key writings identify what is a new and vibrantsubfield within politics and anthropological research

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

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Author: Bradley A. Levinson,Mica Pollock

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119111668

Category: Social Science

Page: 592

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A Companion to the Anthropology of Education presents a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the field, exploring the social and cultural dimension of educational processes in both formal and nonformal settings. Explores theoretical and applied approaches to cultural practice in a diverse range of educational settings around the world, in both formal and non-formal contexts Includes contributions by leading educational anthropologists Integrates work from and on many different national systems of scholarship, including China, the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Colombia, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, and Denmark Examines the consequences of history, cultural diversity, language policies, governmental mandates, inequality, and literacy for everyday educational processes

Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning

Global Issues and Perspectives

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Author: Shibao Guo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113576011X

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Economic globalization, modern transportation, and advanced communication technologies have greatly enhanced the mobility of people across national boundaries. The resulting demographic, social, and cultural changes create new opportunities for development as well as new challenges for lifelong learning. Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning examines the changing nature of lifelong learning in the current age of transnational migration. The book brings together international scholars from a range of countries in a dialogue about the relationship between work, learning, mobility, knowledge, and citizenship in the context of globalization and migration. It covers a wide range of topics, including: global perspectives and analyses of migration; the impact of migration on lifelong learning; processes of exclusion and inclusion in lifelong learning; the tension between mobility, knowledge, and recognition; and transnationalism, learning communities, and citizenship. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

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Author: Peter K. Smith,Craig H. Hart

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390919

Category: Psychology

Page: 712

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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition presents an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory concerning a child's social development from pre-school age to the onset of adolescence. Presents the most up-to-date research and theories on childhood social development Features chapters by an international cast of leaders in their fields Includes comprehensive coverage of a range of disciplinary perspectives Offers all new chapters on children and the environment, cultural influences, history of childhood, interventions, and neuro-psychological perspectives Represents an essential resource for students and researchers of childhood social development

Fairness, Class and Belonging in Contemporary England

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Author: K. Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137009330

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

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Using experiences of the white, English, working-classes in Manchester, this book explores the local frustrations with feeling 'ignored' and 'neglected' by the government through articulations of fairness.

Care/Sorge

Konstruktion, Reproduktion und Auflösung bedeutsamer Bindungen

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Author: Tatjana Thelen

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 383942562X

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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»Care« ist in den letzten Jahren zunehmend in den Mittelpunkt öffentlicher Diskussionen gerückt. Vor dem Hintergrund der deutschen Wiedervereinigung führt Tatjana Thelen dieses zentrale Thema mit der Konstruktion, Reproduktion und Auflösung bedeutsamer Bindungen zusammen - einem Schlüsselproblem sozialwissenschaftlicher Theoriebildung. Das legt den Grundstein für eine innovative Theorie von Care/Sorge und eröffnet neue Blicke auf Prozesse der Gemeinschaftsbildung. Die Studie verbindet Perspektiven der Sozialanthropologie, Europäischen Ethnologie und Soziologie, bietet jedoch auch wichtige Einsichten für die Praxis in Pflege und Betreuung.

The Rise of Anthropological Theory

A History of Theories of Culture

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Author: Marvin Harris

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759101333

Category: Social Science

Page: 806

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The best known, most often cited history of anthropological theory is finally available in paperback! First published in 1968, Harris's book has been cited in over 1,000 works and is one of the key documents explaining cultural materialism, the theory associated with Harris's work. This updated edition included the complete 1968 text plus a new introduction by Maxine Margolis, which discusses the impact of the book and highlights some of the major trends in anthropological theory since its original publication. RAT, as it is affectionately known to three decades of graduate students, comprehensively traces the history of anthropology and anthropological theory, culminating in a strong argument for the use of a scientific, behaviorally-based, etic approach to the understanding of human culture known as cultural materialism. Despite its popularity and influence on anthropological thinking, RAT has never been available in paperback_until now. It is an essential volume for the library of all anthropologists, their graduate students, and other theorists in the social sciences.

Re-writing Culture in Taiwan

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Author: Fang-Long Shih,Stuart Thompson,Paul Tremlett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113403623X

Category: History

Page: 240

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This inter-disciplinary volume of essays opens new points of departure for thinking about how Taiwan has been studied and represented in the past, for reflecting on the current state of ‘Taiwan Studies’, and for thinking about how Taiwan might be re-configured in the future. As the study of Taiwan shifts from being a provincial back-water of sinology to an area in its own (albeit not sovereign) right, a combination of established and up and coming scholars working in the field of East Asian studies offer a re-reading and re-writing of culture in Taiwan. They show that sustained critical analysis of contemporary Taiwan using issues such as trauma, memory, history, tradition, modernity, post-modernity provides a useful point of departure for thinking through similar problematics and issues elsewhere in the world. Re-writing Culture in Taiwan is a multidisciplinary book with its own distinctive collective voice which will appeal to anyone interested in Taiwan. With chapters on nationalism, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, religion and museum studies, the breadth of ground covered is truly comprehensive.

Queer Women in Urban China

An Ethnography

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Author: Elisabeth L. Engebretsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136199055

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

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Lala (lesbian) and gay communities in mainland China have emerged rapidly in the 21st century. Alongside new freedoms and modernizing reforms, and with mainstream media and society increasingly tolerant, lalas still experience immense family and social pressures to a degree that this book argues is deeply gendered. The first anthropological study to examine everyday lala lives, intimacies, and communities in China, the chapters explore changing articulations of sexual subjectivity, gendered T-P (tomboy-wife) roles, family and kinship, same-sex weddings, lala-gay contract marriages, and community activism. Engebretsen analyzes lala strategies of complicit transgressions to balance surface respectability and undeclared same-sex desires, why "being normal" emerges a deep aspiration and sign of respectability, and why openly lived homosexuality and public activism often are not. Queer Women in Urban China develops a critical ethnographic analysis through the conceptual lens of "different normativities," tracing the paradoxes and intricacies of the desire for normal life alongside aspirations for recognition, equality, and freedom, and argues that dominant paradigms fixed on categories, identities, and the absolute value of public visibility are ill-equipped to fully understand these complexities. This book complements existing perspectives on sexual and gender diversity, contemporary China, and the politics and theories of justice, recognition, and similitude in global times.

Ethnic distinctions, local meanings

negotiating cultural identities in China

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Author: Mary Rack

Publisher: Pluto Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 166

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A study of ethnicity and ethnic classifications in a rural area of south China, overturning many of the generalising tendencies characteristic of ‘orthodox’ anthropology.

The Art of Medical Anthropology

Readings

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Author: Sjaak van der Geest,Adri Rienks

Publisher: Het Spinhuis

ISBN: 9789055891061

Category: Medical anthropology

Page: 421

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Pursuits of Happiness

Well-being in Anthropological Perspective

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Author: Gordon Mathews,Carolina Izquierdo

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845454487

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 278

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Anthropology has long shied away from examining how human beings may lead happy and fulfilling lives. This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-being defined as the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important area for anthropological inquiry. Distinctly different in different places, but also reflecting our common humanity, well-being is intimately linked to the idea of happiness and its pursuits. Noted anthropological researchers have come together in this volume to examine well-being in a range of diverse ways and to investigate it in a range of settings: from the Peruvian Amazon, the Australian outback, and the Canadian north, to India, China, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. Gordon Mathews is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds (1996) and Global Culture /Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket (2000), and co-written Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (2007); he has co-edited Consuming Hong Kong (2001) and Japan s Changing Generations (2004). Carolina Izquierdo is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has centered on health and well-being among the Matsigenka in the Peruvian Amazon, the Mapuche in Chile, and middle-class families in the United States."

China and postsocialist anthropology

theorizing power and society after communism

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Author: Andrew B. Kipnis

Publisher: Signature Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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A sophisticated and insightful analysis of post-socialist regimes seen through the prism of the Chinese case. Author Andrew Kipnis is solidly versed in social theory and conceptual anthropology building on his in-depth, on-the-ground knowledge of today's China. Kipnis is Senior Fellow in the Contemporary China Centre of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at Australian National University and co-editor of The China Journal.

The Future of Anthropological Knowledge

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Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415107877

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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The Future of Anthropological Knowledge the chapters explore the question of the nature of social knowledge from a variety of perspectives and locations such as China, Africa, the USA and elsewhere. By examining the changing nature of anthropological knowledge and of the production of that knowledge, this book challenges the notion that only western societies have produced social theories of modernity and of global scope. Knowledge of society can no longer be restricted to a knowledge of face-to-face social relations but must encompass the effect of technology, global consumption patterns and changing geo-political configurations. The Future of Anthropological Knowledge will be of interest to anthropologists and students of culture and society.

Anthropologies of Education

A Global Guide to Ethnographic Studies of Learning and Schooling

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Author: Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857452746

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

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Despite international congresses and international journals, anthropologies of education differ significantly around the world. Linguistic barriers constrain the flow of ideas, which results in a vast amount of research on educational anthropology that is not published in English or is difficult for international readers to find. This volume responds to the call to attend to educational research outside the United States and to break out of "metropolitan provincialism." A guide to the anthropologies and ethnographies of learning and schooling published in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Slavic languages, Japanese, and English as a second language, show how scholars in Latin America, Japan, and elsewhere adapt European, American, and other approaches to create new traditions. As the contributors show, educators draw on different foundational research and different theoretical discussions. Thus, this global survey raises new questions and casts a new light on what has become a too-familiar discipline in the United States.