9780485196726

Chinese Sociologics An Anthropological Account of Alienation and Social Reproduction

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    9780485196726

  • ISBN10:

    0485196727

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-02-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

This volume explores the links between individuals, families, communities and the state in China through ritual and myth.

Author Biography

P. Steven Sangren is Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments xi
Permissions xiii
Introduction
1(19)
Theoretical Issues: Desire, Practices, Complexity
4(7)
China's Theoretical Significance
11(4)
Synopses of Chapters
15(5)
Why `Culture'? Why `Production'?
20(25)
Introduction
20(1)
Production, Broadly Conceived
21(4)
A Tendentious Historical Narrative
25(4)
Resistance to `Ideology' and `Production' in Anthropological Analysis
29(3)
Culture, Ideology and Identity Politics
32(7)
Conclusions
39(6)
History And The Rhetoric Of Legitimacy: The Mazu Cult of Taiwan
45(24)
The Disputes
49(5)
Mutually Authenticating State and Local Rhetorics
54(1)
Ling
55(3)
History and Ling
58(3)
Ritual and Politics
61(6)
Conclusions
67(2)
Dialectics Of Alienation: Individuals And Collectivities In Chinese Religion
69(27)
Introduction
69(3)
Incense and Power
72(3)
Interactive Reification: Collective Arenas of Symbolic Production
75(5)
Worship as an Idiom of Self-Construction
80(8)
Participation in Collective Ritual as Individual Testimony
88(4)
Conclusions
92(4)
Power And Transcendence in the Mazu Pilgrimages of Taiwan
96(23)
Beigang Mazu
98(3)
Incense and Power
101(2)
Representations of Power: Individual and Collective
103(2)
Transcendence and Ideology
105(7)
Disrupted Transcendence
112(4)
Conclusions
116(1)
Afterword
117(2)
`Power' Against Ideology: A Critique of Foucaultian Usage
119(34)
Introduction
119(5)
`Cartesian' Social Science
124(3)
`Power' in Foucault's Writings
127(13)
Chinese Ideologies of Power
140(8)
Conclusion
148(5)
Women's Production: Gender And Exploitation in Patrilineal Mode
153(33)
Introduction
153(4)
Domestic Productivity: Chinese Family Systems
157(7)
Worship and Identification
164(3)
Ethos as Production
167(6)
Sincerity as Alienation and as Production
173(2)
Reinforcing Rhetorics of Alienation and Value Expropriation: Parallels in the Fenxiang and Patrilineal Ideologies
175(1)
Sons' Debts to Their Mothers: Mothers' Dependence on their Sons
176(3)
Xiaoqi/Dafang
179(2)
Conclusions: Comparative and Theoretical Implications
181(5)
Fathers and Sons in a Patrilineal Mode of Production of Desire: Preliminary Analysis of the Story of Nezha from Fengshen Yanyi
186(38)
Introduction
186(10)
Nezha
196(4)
Egocentric Fantasies: Male Subjectivities
200(4)
Filial Piety and the Symbolic Production of the Chinese Male Subject
204(4)
Power, Desire and Filial Piety
208(5)
Miaoshan: Fathers and Daughters
213(5)
Myth, Ideology and the Cultural Construction of Gender and Person
218(6)
Afterword: `Excess', Change and the Limits of Analysis
224(15)
Implications
235(4)
Notes 239(58)
Character List 297(4)
Bibliography 301(18)
Index 319

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