The Moral Economy of Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce

in Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207332 | DOI:
The Moral Economy of Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

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This chapter explores the extent to which the Singapore Chinese are locked into a set of social relationships within a moral economy that constantly pushes them to assist with village development, including the rebuilding of ancestral houses. After the 1978 reform, the more liberal political climate of relations between China and Singapore enabled an increasing number of Singapore Chinese to make regular social visits to their ancestral villages. Their involvement in village development has been primarily in terms of financial assistance, but they have also provided technical support in basic infrastructure development and the reconstruction of their ancestral houses.

Keywords: Singapore Chinese; social relationships; moral economy; village development; ancestral houses; 1978 reform; infrastructure development

Chapter.  12503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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