AN 349 - 16 - Kinship Kuan-Hsi"connections relations...

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11/11/2010 Kinship Kuan-Hsi “connections, relations” Typical of banks in China not to give people loans based on business plan o Only give loans based on collateral o If your poor then, you need a different way to get money Draw on people you know Personal vs. Institutional trust o Hard to build institutional trust (transaction with stranger) o Personal is easier, family or friends Reason why it’s important in China to construct social networks Most important building block is kinship – neighbors, relatives Filial Piety – Responsibility of child to respect child and parents to take care of children o Child has debt of gratitude and obedience o Parent has burden of care o Lineage was based on males, extend all the way back – patriarchy Traditional China/Late Imperial China (Ideal Confucianism) o “Girls are garbage” – spend money raising them, spend more money for a dowry, then they are married off and are gone o Men carry on the name o Mencius – Three Unfilial Acts Greatest is to not have a son Jia – “family” o 1. Commensal family – group that eats together (symbol is stove/kitchen)
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course ANTHROPOLO AN 349 taught by Professor Weller during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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AN 349 - 16 - Kinship Kuan-Hsi"connections relations...

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