Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774809306 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774809290 Published February 2004 For sale in USA only

Obedient Autonomy

Chinese Intellectuals and the Achievement of Orderly Life

Erika E.S. Evasdottir,

Obedient Autonomy

Erika E.S. Evasdottir,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

320 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774809306 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774809290 Published February 2004 For sale in USA only
This original anthropological study explores a type of “obedient” autonomy that thrives on setbacks, blossoms as more rules are imposed, and flourishes in adversity and, in conjuction, examines the specialized and highly organized discipline of archaeology in China. It follows Chinese students on their journey to becoming full-fledged archaeologists in a bureaucracy-saturated environment. A masterly contextualization of archaeology in China, Obedient Autonomy shows how the discipline has accommodated itself to a Chinese social structure, and uncovers the moral, ethical, political, and economic underpinnings of that context.
Contents

Introduction

1 Autonomy and Autonomies

2 The Social Contract

3 The Rule of Law

4 The Separation of Powers

5 Majority Rule

6 Interest Groups

7 Minority Rights

8 The Pursuit of Happiness

Notes

References

Index

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