Record Item Year: 1992

Land Divided, Land United

Decollectivization and the division of land have raised questions about whether a landed basis might reappear for a contemporary reformulation of patriliny in the Chinese countryside. This article addresses these questions by examining the processes through which formerly collective land has been divided and partially brought together again in informal, nameless co-operative groupings with an […]

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Patrilocality and Early Marital Co-residence in Rural China

The story of the rural Chinese family household in the post-Mao period is generally told in one of three ways, which might be labelled modernization, tradition restored, and demographic determinism. Modernization parallels the family theories of classical sociology: economic development and education tend to undermine extended family living arrangements by instilling nuclear family preferences, while […]

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Introduction: Rural Economic Reforms and Chinese Family Patterns

The rural economic reforms introduced into China after 1978 have wreaked havoc on the accumulated scholarship of China specialists in the west. Dozens of books and articles that had revealed the inner workings of people’s communes and the merits and faults of competing work point systems were reduced to historical curiosities by the decollectivization drive […]

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