Lecture 8_Aug 13_ANT148A 2009

Lecture 8_Aug 13_ANT148A 2009 - dealing with others within...

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ANT148A: Culture and Political Economy in Contemporary China Summer Session II 2009 Gowoon Noh (Dept of Anthropology, UCD)
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Lecture Outline I. Rural reform in the post-Mao period 1. Decollectivization 2. Social and Cultural Impacts II. Guanxi and Gift economy
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II. Rural Reform in the post-Mao Period 1. Why Rural Reform? 2. Decollectivization a. Production Responsibility System b. Diversification and Rural Industry Zengbu village (by Potter and Potter) Qiaolou village (by Gregory Ruf) c. Increase of specialization of households and commercialization
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I. Rural Reform in the post-Mao Period 1. Social and Cultural Impacts a. (Re)Emerging inequality b. Changing power dynamics c. Family and lineage again became core social units d. Revival of religious activities
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II. Guanxi and Gift Economy 1. What is guanxi ? 2. The concept of renqing : a system of ethics that guides and regulates one’s behavior when
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Unformatted text preview: dealing with others within ones guanxi network. Principles of renqing a. Reciprocity b. Sharing c. Mianzi (face) The art of guanxi a. Familiarity between two parties b. Constance maintenance of the relationship c. Proper gifts II. Guanxi and Gift Economy 3. Two versions of guanxi a. Guanxi as a power game (Mayfair Yang) Countertechniques of power b. Guanxi as a life-style (Yunxiang Yan) 4. Discussion: a. In what ways do you see guanxi as a unique phenomenon to Chinese society? Are similar practices found in other societies as well? How do they different from one another? Give specific examples. b. In your opinion, is guanxi equivalent to corruption? Since the boundaries between the two are rather blurred, how do we make a distinction?...
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