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Village governance in North China, 1875-1936

Author: Huaiyin Li
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is about village governance in China during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing on government archives from Huailu county, Hebei province, it explores local practices and official systems of social control, land taxation, and "self government" at the village level. Its analysis of peasant behaviors bridges the gap between the rational choice and moral economy models by taking into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Huaiyin Li
ISBN: 0804767556 9780804767552 1423716671 9781423716679
OCLC Number: 1162190989
Language Note: English.
Notes: Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph.
Description: 1 online resource (339 p.)
Contents: Introduction --
The setting --
Cooperation and control in the peasant community : the Xiangdi system --
Rules, self interest, and strategies : disputes over the Xiangdi service --
Village regulations at work : tax collection --
Land and tax administration --
Power, discourse, and legitimacy : the village head office in dispute --
Cooperation and conflict over village schools --
Elite activism --
Villages reorganization --
Uncovering the "black land".
Responsibility: Huaiyin Li.

Abstract:

This book is about village governance in China during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing on government archives from Huailu county, Hebei province, it explores local practices and official systems of social control, land taxation, and "self government" at the village level. Its analysis of peasant behaviors bridges the gap between the rational choice and moral economy models by taking into account both material and symbolic dimensions of power and interest in the peasant community. The author's interpretation of village/state relations before 1900 transcends the state and society dichotomy and accentuates the interplay between formal and informal institutions and practices. His account of "state making" after 1900 underscores the continuity of endogenous arrangements in the course of institutional formalization and the interpenetration between official discourse and popular notions in the new process of political legitimization.

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