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Article: The changing moral economy of ancestor worship in a Chinese emigrant district

TitleThe changing moral economy of ancestor worship in a Chinese emigrant district
Authors
Issue Date1999
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0165-005X
Citation
Culture, Medicine And Psychiatry, 1999, v. 23 n. 1, p. 99-132 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper describes the reciprocal influences between Anxi County Fujianese, whose families and clans have migrated to Singapore, and their ancestral villages in Fujian, China. The Singaporeans bring wealth and cultural capital to their poor relations in rural China. Their participation is crucial for local socioeconomic development. Besides bringing material support and globalizing values and lifestyles, they also reinvigorate and transform the local religious tradition. They, in turn, reaffirm and even remake their own ethnic and regional identity. The complex outcome illustrates the fact that China's social change under economic reforms and global influence is, in its huge rural core, not merely a matter of infrastructural, market, and social welfare improvements, but involves exchange and transformation in meanings of rituals and experiences. We can see that kinship and religion are not unchanging aspects of the cultural tradition that are separate from programs of modernity. Indeed, modernity and tradition appear to be inseparable, and they may reveal that the recipe for effective community projects requires a vital tie between cultural, social, and interpersonal processes.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172330
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.032
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.472
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dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.citationCulture, Medicine And Psychiatry, 1999, v. 23 n. 1, p. 99-132en_US
dc.identifier.issn0165-005Xen_US
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dc.description.abstractThis paper describes the reciprocal influences between Anxi County Fujianese, whose families and clans have migrated to Singapore, and their ancestral villages in Fujian, China. The Singaporeans bring wealth and cultural capital to their poor relations in rural China. Their participation is crucial for local socioeconomic development. Besides bringing material support and globalizing values and lifestyles, they also reinvigorate and transform the local religious tradition. They, in turn, reaffirm and even remake their own ethnic and regional identity. The complex outcome illustrates the fact that China's social change under economic reforms and global influence is, in its huge rural core, not merely a matter of infrastructural, market, and social welfare improvements, but involves exchange and transformation in meanings of rituals and experiences. We can see that kinship and religion are not unchanging aspects of the cultural tradition that are separate from programs of modernity. Indeed, modernity and tradition appear to be inseparable, and they may reveal that the recipe for effective community projects requires a vital tie between cultural, social, and interpersonal processes.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofCulture, Medicine and Psychiatryen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitudeen_US
dc.subject.meshChina - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshCultureen_US
dc.subject.meshEmigration And Immigrationen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshIntergenerational Relationsen_US
dc.subject.meshSelf Concepten_US
dc.subject.meshSingaporeen_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Perceptionen_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Responsibilityen_US
dc.subject.meshTime Factorsen_US
dc.titleThe changing moral economy of ancestor worship in a Chinese emigrant districten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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