Marriage as a Mirror of Change

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:
Marriage as a Mirror of Change

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Marriage is a central concern for the people in this part of rural Shaanxi. This chapter examines its practice in the 1990s. As a process of negotiation and a mirror of social change, marriage incorporates a set of elements that are at once traditional, revolutionary, and modern. Central to the inquiry is the question of cultural continuity and social change. The chapter examines the effect of the Maoist revolution on traditional cultural practices and institutions, as well as the nature of recent changes introduced under the name of modernization. Rural China in the past few decades has gone through an unusual path of development, comprising a bizarre mixture of “traditional,” “revolutionary”, and “modern” elements.

Keywords: marriage; cultural continuity; social change; rural China; Maoist revolution

Chapter.  9785 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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