Resisting Ideology

Xin Liu

in In One's Own Shadow

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219939
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923478 | DOI:
Resisting Ideology

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As in other parts of rural China, the idea of kinship, largely coming from the traditional source of historical influence, plays an important role in structuring a vision of social relationships by defining both individual and collective identities, and by shaping individuals' attitudes and sentiments toward one another. This chapter discusses the traditional concept of kinship in the context of a marriage crisis that has followed the economic reforms in this community. Patrilineal descent and virilocal marriage had survived the encounter with the Maoist revolution, but were forced to give way in the 1980s. Endogamy, which in earlier times would have been taken as incestuous, had become a social norm in the 1990s. The discussion argues that this is one of the changes which reflects a shift in how these people conceptualize the relationship between the self and the other.

Keywords: kinship; rural China; marriage crisis; economic reforms; patrilineal descent; Maoist revolution; endogamy

Chapter.  9278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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