Fate and Fortune in Rural China: Social Organization and Population Behavior in Liaoning 1774 1873

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Oktober 2008



Fate and Fortune in Rural China is a major contribution to the study of both the social and population history of late traditional China, and that of historical demography in general. Lee and Campbell use the example of Liaoning to demonstrate the interaction between demographic and other social pressures, and to illustrate graphically the nature of social mobility and social organisation in rural China over the course of the century from 1774–1873. Their conclusion - that social norms, rooted in ideology, determined demographic performance - is supported by a mass of hitherto inaccessible primary data. The authors show how the Chinese state articulated two different principles of social hierarchy, heredity and ability, through two different social organizations: households and banners. These different boundary conditions, each the explicit creation of the state, gave rise to contrasting demographic behaviour.


Part I. Daouyi Village: 1. Prologue; 2. Social organization and social mobility; 3. Spatial and temporal settings; Part II. The Liaoning Demographic System: 4. Two types of positive check: infanticide and neglect; 5. Two types of preventive check: nuptiality and fertility; Part III. Household organization and Population Behavior: 6. Domestic cycle and household formation; 7. Domestic hierarchy and demographic privilege; Part IV. Banner Organization and Population Behavior: 8. Bannermen and banner organization; 9. Banner hierarchy and demographic privilege; 10. Two types of social mobility; Epilogue; Appendices.


‘Un beau livre, original par son objet, ses sources et ses methodes, un texte petillant d’intelligence, le tout couronnant un projet de recherche particulierement bien pense.’ Annales de Demographie Historique
EAN: 9780521039697
ISBN: 052103969X
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Populatio'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2008
Seitenanzahl: 308 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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