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China’s Gentry

Essays on Rural-Urban Relations


Edited and Revised by Margaret Park Redfield
These seven essays on the structure of Chinese society are based on articles contributed by Fei to Chinese newspapers in 1947 and 1948. Six case histories from a study of the gentry by Yung-teh Chow are appended.

"The chief interest and charm of this book lie in the fact that it is not directed to the Western reader; these were studies written in Chinese, by an erudite Chinese, for a Chinese public. . . . Mrs. Redfield is to be complimented for her own careful research in preparing this translation for a non-Chinese public."—Robert F. Spencer, American Anthropologist

296 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 | © 1953

Asian Studies: East Asia

Sociology: Urban and Rural Sociology

Table of Contents

I. The Gentry and the Imperial Power
II. The Scholar Becomes the Official
III. The Gentry and Technical Knowledge
IV. Basic Power Structure in Rurual China
V. Village, Town, and City
VI. Rural Livelihood: Agriculture and Handicraft
VII. Social Erosion in the Rural Communities
The Scholar / Chairman Wang
The Military Man / Commander Chu
The Bureaucrat / Head Chang
The Merchant / Head Ting
The Gangster / Captain Yang
The Reformer / Liu Tsung-tao

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