Producing Guanxi: Sentiment, Self, and Subculture in a North China Village (Hardback)Andrew B. Kipnis (author)
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Producing Guanxi combines the theory of Pierre Bourdieu and the insights of symbolic anthropology to contest past portrayals of guanxi as either a function of Chinese political economics or an unchanging Confucian social structure. In this analysis guanxi emerges as a purposeful human effort that makes use of past cultural logics while generating new ones. By exploring the role of sentiment in the creation of self, Kipnis critiques recent theories of subjectivity for their narrow focus on language and discourse, and contributes to the anthropological discussion of comparative selfhood. Navigating a path between mainstream social science and abstract social theory, Kipnis presents a more nuanced examination of guanxi than has previously been available and contributes generally to our understanding of relationships and human action.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
"This is a rich and well-reflected ethnographic text that captures a core feature of both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture. The richness and variety of ethnographic descriptions reveal the author's meticulous fieldwork and his insightful and thought-provoking observations. This book will help correct the current imbalance towards depicting urban guanxi by examining the roots of guanxi in rural and peasant kinship, ethics, and rituals."-Mayfair Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara
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