Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China (Studies on China)

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During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.

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James L. Watson is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Evelyn S. Rawski is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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"An excellent book, a valuable resource for students of Chinese society, religion, and the roles of women. . . . Highly recommended." -- Daniel L. Overmyer, Pacific Affairs

"To single out any one essay in this collection is difficult. All of them are of interest, and all of them reflect superb scholarship. Taken as a whole, this is an important book in the field of China studies and a book that should be of interest to anthropologists whatever their area of interest may be." -- American Ethnologist

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