Family Lineage Organization & Social Change in Ming Qing Fujian


Family Lineage Organization and Social Change in Ming and Qing Fujian. By Zheng Zhenman, translated by Michael Szonyi.

"No scholar of Ming and Qing society will fail to find this excellent translation of value for both teaching and research." --Journal of Asian Studies, May 2003

"The translator has done an excellent job ... The material is extremely rich ... This is a stimulating book which very generously swells the coffers of Chinese kinship data." --Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 12 (2002)

This work is the result of more than a decade of research on the Chinese household and lineage in the southeastern province of Fujian during the Ming and Qing period (1368-1911). It offers new interpretations of the Chinese domestic cycle, the relationship between household and larger kinship groups, and the development of lineage society in south China. Using hundreds of previously unknown lineage genealogies, stone inscriptions, and land deeds, Zheng Zhenman provides a candid view of how individuals and families confronted the crucial issues of daily life: how to minimize taxes or military conscription; how to balance the ideological imperatives of ancestor worship with practical concerns; how to deal with the problems of dividing the household estate. His research leads to an exploration of issues such as the relation of state to society and the compatibility of Chinese culture and capitalism.

This complete translation allows access to some of the most exciting new research being done in Chinese social history. Zheng's book draws on important materials largely unknown to Western scholars, comes to novel conclusions about society in late imperial China, and illustrates the importance of the non-Western perspective in studying the history of the world outside the West.

Zheng Zhenman is one of the leading social historians of late Imperial China. He is professor of history at Xiamen University. Michael Szonyi is assistant professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Toronto.

  • New Hardcover 15.5*23 cm, 392 pp.


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ISBN: 0824823338
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Published: 2001
ISBN-13: 9780824823337

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