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Article: The anthropology of Chinese kinship. A critical overview

TitleThe anthropology of Chinese kinship. A critical overview
Authors
KeywordsRelatedness
Guanxi
Lineage
Family
Marriage
China
History of anthropology
Kinship
Issue Date2006
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.brill.nl/m_catalogue_sub6_id9449.htm
Citation
European Journal of East Asian Studies, 2006, v. 5 n. 2, p. 275-333 How to Cite?
AbstractThis is a critical overview of the anthropology of Chinese kinship focusing on the twentieth-century Euro-American literature. I first deal with the less well-known early literature of the period before the foundation and closure of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. I then show how the thematic and theoretical heterogeneity of this early literature was superseded during the 1960s and 1970s by a powerful but reductive paradigmatic lineage model of Chinese kinship and society, largely derived from documentary-based studies of lineage organisation in the late imperial period and consolidated through field research in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Inspired by earlier critics of this lineage-model, tuned in to new anthropological trends in the field of kinship studies and triggered by the post-Mao opening of the PRC, the 1990s marked the beginning of a very heterogeneous cycle of renovation generated by new field research. Seen as a whole, this current cycle of renovation has been undertaking a revision of the older descent-centred comparative view of Chinese kinship and is giving important insights to current anthropological debates about the nature of human kinship.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192747
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.138

 

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dc.contributor.authorSantos, GD-
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-21T02:25:23Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-21T02:25:23Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of East Asian Studies, 2006, v. 5 n. 2, p. 275-333-
dc.identifier.issn1568-0584-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192747-
dc.description.abstractThis is a critical overview of the anthropology of Chinese kinship focusing on the twentieth-century Euro-American literature. I first deal with the less well-known early literature of the period before the foundation and closure of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. I then show how the thematic and theoretical heterogeneity of this early literature was superseded during the 1960s and 1970s by a powerful but reductive paradigmatic lineage model of Chinese kinship and society, largely derived from documentary-based studies of lineage organisation in the late imperial period and consolidated through field research in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Inspired by earlier critics of this lineage-model, tuned in to new anthropological trends in the field of kinship studies and triggered by the post-Mao opening of the PRC, the 1990s marked the beginning of a very heterogeneous cycle of renovation generated by new field research. Seen as a whole, this current cycle of renovation has been undertaking a revision of the older descent-centred comparative view of Chinese kinship and is giving important insights to current anthropological debates about the nature of human kinship.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBrill Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.brill.nl/m_catalogue_sub6_id9449.htm-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of East Asian Studies-
dc.subjectRelatedness-
dc.subjectGuanxi-
dc.subjectLineage-
dc.subjectFamily-
dc.subjectMarriage-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.subjectHistory of anthropology-
dc.subjectKinship-
dc.titleThe anthropology of Chinese kinship. A critical overviewen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailSantos, GD: santos@eth.mpg.de-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/157006106778869298-
dc.identifier.volume5-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage275-
dc.identifier.epage333-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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