Violence and Order on the Chengdu Plain : The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939-1949 / Di Wang.

Wang, Di, author., Author,
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
1 online resource (280 pages)
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De Gruyter University Press Library.

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Brotherhoods -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Filicide -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Power (Social sciences) -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Secret societies -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Local subjects:
1940s Rural China. (search)
Chengdu Plain. (search)
Early Chinese Sociology and Anthropology. (search)
Gowned Brothers. (search)
Paoge. (search)
Secret Society. (search)
Shen Baoyuan. (search)
Sworn Brotherhood Society. (search)
Yenching University. (search)
In English.
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In 1939, residents of a rural village near Chengdu watched as Lei Mingyuan, a member of a violent secret society known as the Gowned Brothers, executed his teenage daughter. Six years later, Shen Baoyuan, a sociology student at Yenching University, arrived in the town to conduct fieldwork on the society that once held sway over local matters. She got to know Lei Mingyuan and his family, recording many rare insights about the murder and the Gowned Brothers' inner workings. Using the filicide as a starting point to examine the history, culture, and organization of the Gowned Brothers, Di Wang offers nuanced insights into the structures of local power in 1940s rural Sichuan. Moreover, he examines the influence of Western sociology and anthropology on the way intellectuals in the Republic of China perceived rural communities. By studying the complex relationship between the Gowned Brothers and the Chinese Communist Party, he offers a unique perspective on China's transition to socialism. In so doing, Wang persuasively connects a family in a rural community, with little overt influence on national destiny, to the movements and ideologies that helped shape contemporary China.
Maps and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction. Two Voices Joined in the Chengdu Plain
Chapter 1. A Public Execution
Chapter 2. A Local Band of the Gowned Brothers
Chapter 3. Spirituality and Customs
Chapter 4. Secret Codes and Language
Chapter 5. Disciplines and Dominance
Chapter 6. A Tenant Farmer and Paoge Master
Chapter 7. Entering the Paoge
Chapter 8. The Decline of Power
Chapter 9. A Family Crisis and a Rural Woman's Fate
Chapter 10. Fall of the Paoge
Chapter 11. Looking for the Storyteller
Chapter 12. Untangling Paoge Myth
Appendix 1: Paoge Ranks
Appendix 2: Lei Family Tree (1945)
Appendix 3: Selected Ritual/Festival Events
Appendix 4: Chinese Texts of Sayings and Poems
Appendix 5: Brief Comments on Texts, Myth, and History
Character List
Works Cited
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De Gruyter.
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10.1515/9781503605336 doi
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