This book explores the modern recategorization of religious practices and people and examines how state power affected the religious lives and physical order of local communities. It also looks at how politicians conceived of their own ritual role in an era when authority was meant to derive from popular sovereignty.
This book is about the ritual world of a group of rural settlements in Shanxi province in pre-1949 North China; it reconstructs North Chinese temple festivals in unprecedented detail, illuminating their importance to North Chinese village ritual.
Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots: The Social History of a Community of Handicraft Papermakers in Rural Sichuan, 1920–2000
This book charts the vicissitudes of a rural community of papermakers in Sichuan, tracing the changes in the distribution of knowledge that led to a massive transfer of technical control from villages to cities, from primary producers to managerial elites, and from women to men.
This ethnography presents a thick description of life in the Uyghur suburbs of Yining, a city near the border with Kazakhstan, and situates that account in a broader examination of Uyghur culture.
Based on the author’s fieldwork in Zhejiang, this book explores the emergence and success of rural enterprises, and examines how rural residents have made sense of and participated in them.
Lipkin exposes both the process of social engineering and the ways in which the suppressed reacted to their abuse throughout 1930s Nanjing.