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Author Jankowiak, William R.

Title Sex, death, and hierarchy in a Chinese city : an anthropological account / William R. Jankowiak
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [1993]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  951.77 Jan/Sda  AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The city -- The place -- The historical context -- Daily rhythm -- Economic context: 1981-87 -- 3. The objectification of ethnicity -- The rise of ethnic antagonism: the struggle for dignity and gain -- Life orientations: competing notions of ethnic integrity -- Dreams, ambiguity and unresolved identity markers -- Dual ethnic names: ambiguity and authenticity -- Life orientation and social class -- The Mongolian female: hypergyny or authenticity? -- 4. Urban hierarchy: honor, power and morality -- Morality, respect and admiration: an inquiry into social honor -- The struggle for honor -- Gentility: the restrictions of social rank -- Character, morality and honor -- Cultural principles and social resentment: the worker stratum -- 5. Locality, neighbors and urban crime -- Formal organization: the neighborhood committee -- Types of dwellings and their characteristics -- Folk notions of "neighborhood" -- Neighboring: folk ideals, frequency and social class -- Quarrels and disruption in neighborly relations -- Friendship, neighbors and social class -- Urban crime -- Neighborhood crime: the old city -- Street crime -- 6. The public domain: strangers mediating strangers -- Imperial and contemporary China: social control and dispute management -- The anatomy of the public dispute: twenty-three case studies -- Disputants: demography and style -- Mediators: demography and style -- Duty, fear and civic consciousness -- 7. Gender images, sexual attraction and mate selection -- Gender stereotypes: somatic, personality and sexual images -- The Chinese ideal mate -- Sexual signals -- Gender interaction within and outside the sexual encounter -- Sex differences in China: partner selection criteria -- Hypergyny -- Sex differences in erotic desires -- Sexual enticement and sexual harassment -- 8. Romance in daily life -- Romance, literature and the individual within Imperial China -- Love and romance in urban China -- Romantic infatuation: styles of courtship -- Romantic love and seduction -- Fragility of the individual in the courtship process -- Attraction phase: desire and marriage expectations -- The Chinese mother: the development of romantic cynicism -- Mei Ling: a representative tale from the upper strata -- Sex differences in the pursuit and experience of love -- 9. The Chinese family: parents, spouses and children -- The stem, nuclear and joint family -- The domestic unit: sibling ties -- The domestic sphere: the meaning of marriage -- Marital satisfaction and frequency of intercourse -- Domestic power -- Daughter-in-law and mother-in-law: an new natal reality -- Parent-child relations -- The emergent urban father-child relationship -- Infant care -- Early childhood -- Styles of parenting -- Father-daughter love -- 10. Chinese mortuary rites: transformation of cosmology -- Socialist transformation of Huhhotian religious institutions -- Socialist transformation: ancestor worship -- Socialist cremation rite -- Traditional mortuary rites -- Preburial rites -- The day of the funeral -- Funeral offerings -- Five mourning animals -- Mourning costume -- Ritual segments of the funeral -- Postfunerary rites -- Qing Ming and Ghost day -- Death, doubt and reputation: the Yu family -- The soul of Lao Yu: a representative tale -- Animistic forces, soul possession and dreams: dialogues with the dead
Analysis China
Social life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [333]-340) and index
Subject Mongols -- China -- Hu-ho-hao-t̀e shih
Mongols -- China -- Hohhot Shi.
Mongols -- China -- Hohhot.
Mongols -- China -- Hu-ho-hao-t'e shih
Mongols -- China -- Hu-ho-hao-tʻe shih
SUBJECT Hohhot (China) -- Ethnic relations.
Hohhot Shi (China) -- Ethnic relations.
LC no. 92023945
ISBN 0231079605 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0231079613 (paperback: acid-free paper)