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Author Skinner, G. William (George William), 1925-2008, author

Title Rural China on the eve of revolution : Sichuan fieldnotes, 1949-1950 / G. William Skinner ; edited by Stevan Harrell and William Lavely
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 265 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents The road to Gaodianzi: June-November 1949 -- Settling in: November 12-26 -- A household survey and rumors of the communists: November 28-December 16 -- Working out the market network as the PLA approaches: December 13-24 -- Liberation! December 27-January 3 -- The communists and the temples: January 5-13 -- The last Dongyue Temple Festival: January 15-17 -- The premature end of fieldwork: January 18-25
Summary "In 1949, G. William Skinner, a Cornell University graduate student, set off for southwest China to conduct field research on rural social structure. He settled near the market town of Gaodianzi, Sichuan, and lived there for two and a half months, until the newly arrived Communists asked him to leave. During his time in Sichuan, Skinner kept detailed field notes and took scores of photos of rural life and unfolding events. Skinner went on to become a giant in his field-his obituary in American Anthropologist called him "the world's most influential anthropologist of China." A key portion of his legacy arose from his Sichuan fieldwork, contained in his classic monograph Marketing and Social Structure in Rural China. Although the People's Liberation Army confiscated Skinner's research materials, some had been sent out in advance and were discovered among the files donated to the University of Washington Libraries after his death. Skinner's notes and photos bring to life this rare glimpse of rural China on the brink of momentous change." -- Publisher's description
Notes Includes index
Description based on print version record
Subject Skinner, G. William (George William), 1925-2008 -- Diaries.
Country life -- China -- Sichuan Sheng.
Social structure -- China -- Sichuan Sheng.
Sichuan Sheng (China) -- Rural conditions.
Sichuan Sheng (China) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Harrell, Stevan, editor
Lavely, William, editor
ISBN 0295999438 (electronic bk.)
9780295999432 (electronic bk.)
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(hardcover : alk. paper)
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