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  • Cantonese Society in a Time of Change

Cantonese Society in a Time of Change

Göran Aijmer, Virgil K. Y. Ho

English , 2000/09 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Anthropology, China Studies

229 x 152 mm , 312pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-201-832-7

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This work is the result of a co-operation between a social anthropologist and a social historian and is focused on the social evolution of Southern China. Based on a longitudinal fieldwork study in the Pearl River Delta, which is the heartland of the Cantonese-speaking world, the book explores how the ordinary people and their society evolved in a period of time characterized by drastic change. The study reports on how history supplies people with a repository for the future and accounts for how their march towards modernity is, at the same time, a reconstruction of a tradition.

Göran Aijmer is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Writing mainly in the field of symbolic studies, he has contributed much to the understanding of the cultural semantics of Chinese, Southeast Asian and Melanesian societies as well as to the pragmatic study of migration, small-scale economy, religion and ritual in these areas.

Virgil K. Y. Ho is Assistant Professor of History in the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His writing has mainly concerned with modernism in Chinese towns and cities especially Canton (Guangzhou) under foreign influences in this century.

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