Conclusion: A History of the Future

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:
Conclusion: A History of the Future

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The ethnographic materials presented in this book articulate a theoretical position in response to two popular tendencies in writing about contemporary Chinese society. First, it aimed to write from the perspective not of the local cadres but of the hosts, ordinary villagers. Second, the ethnographic materials in the book were examined from the perspective of a worm, not from the bird's-eye view usually taken by those attempting to grasp the significance of rural transformation in China. This chapter examines the “immoral economy” and the arbitrary combination of cultural forms.

Keywords: cultural forms; ethnography; rural China; economy; rural transformation

Chapter.  2143 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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