Death ritual in late imperial and modern China /

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Other Authors / Creators:Watson, James L.
Rawski, Evelyn Sakakida.
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Joint Committee on Chinese Studies (U.S.)
Format: Book
Imprint: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1990.
Series:Studies on China ; 8.
Summary:During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.
Item Description:Rev. versions of papers presented at a conference held at the Sun Space Ranch Conference Center in Oracle, Ariz., Jan. 2-7, 1985 and sponsored by the Joint Committee on Chinese Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council.
Physical Description:xv, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Author Notes:James L. Watson is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Evelyn S. Rawski is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.