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Inequality Among Brothers: Class and Kinship in South China

Watson, Rubie S.

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ISBN 10: 0521267706 / ISBN 13: 9780521267700
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Signed first edition, 1985. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 193 pp., clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Very Good+ dust jacket, minor soiling and discoloration to the dust jacket, dust jacket with a bit of rubbing or creasing to the tips. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Signed and inscribed by Watson on the titlepage. Bookseller Inventory # s0009304

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Title: Inequality Among Brothers: Class and Kinship...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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Using historical documents and evidence gathered in the field, Rubie Watson provides a social history of the 600-year-old Chinese lineage village of Ha Tsuen in the New Territories of Hong Kong, and demonstrates the crucial role that the lineage played in the evolution of the community from a few scattered households in the fourteenth century into a regional power from the 1700s onwards. Despite a patrilineal ideology that extols the virtues of brotherhood and equality, Dr Watson shows that the lineage has in fact played a central role in the formation, development and maintenance of an Úlite class of landlords and merchants, who, even though their economic importance has now declined, continue to exert political control. Dr Watson examines the dynamics of interclass relations within a single lineage and shows how these relations have been transformed as a consequence of the growth of wage labour.

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Using historical documents and evidence gathered in the field, Rubie Watson provides a social history of the 600-year-old Chinese lineage village of Ha Tsuen in the New Territories of Hong Kong, and demonstrates the crucial role that the lineage played in the evolution of the community from a few scattered households in the fourteenth century into a regional power from the 1700s onwards.

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