Foolish People versus Soulstealers


in A Passion for Facts

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267862
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950351 | DOI:
Foolish People versus Soulstealers

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In this chapter, the author analyzes the fears, resentments, and popular riots prompted by the census. He focuses on those who resisted the census and related state activities. The emphasis is on the actions and rationales of the rioting villagers, since the rural masses represented the bulk of the Chinese population at the time. The author also analyzes the stiff resistance mounted by the frontier populations, which under the old imperial order had been ruled indirectly and not subjugated to such a consistent statewide enumeration. These riots and acts of resistance by the rural and frontier populations reveal the novelty of the new national census, and the direct contact it required between society and state.

Keywords: Chinese; population; riot; acts; imperial order

Chapter.  7075 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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