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The Roads of Chinese Childhood
Learning and Identification in Angang

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026567

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  • Children in the Taiwanese fishing community of Angang have their attention drawn, consciously and unconsciously, to various forms of identification through their participation in schooling, family life and popular religion. They read texts about 'virtuous mothers', share 'meaningful foods' with other villagers, visit the altars of 'divining children' and participate in 'dangerous' god-strengthening rituals. In particular they learn about the family-based cycle of reciprocity, and the tension between this and commitment to the nation. Charles Stafford's 1995 study of childhood in this community (with additional material from north-eastern mainland China) explores absorbing issues related to nurturance, education, family, kinship and society in its analysis of how children learn, or do not learn, to identify themselves as both familial and Chinese.

    • First anthropological monograph focused on education and learning in China
    • Will appeal to a broad readership interested in China, childhood, education, kinship and religion
    • Written in a jargon-free and highly accessible style
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026567
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.369kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. Background: Introduction:
    1. Two roads
    Part II. Angang:
    2. Ghosts are not connexions
    3. The proper way of being a person
    4. Textbook mothers and frugal children
    5. Red envelopes and the cycle of yang
    6. Going forward bravely
    7. Divining children
    8. Dangerous rituals
    9. Conclusion
    Part III. Epilogue:
    10. Notes on childhood in northeastern China
    Notes
    Glossary
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Charles Stafford, University of Cambridge

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