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Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China

David Faure


This book summarizes twenty years of the author's work in historical anthropology and documents his argument that, in China, ritual provided the social glue which law provided in the West. It offers a history of the special lineage institutions for which south China has been noted and argues that they fostered the mechanisms which enabled south China to be absorbed into the imperial Chinese state—first, by introducing rituals that were acceptable to the state, and second, by providing mechanisms which made group ownership of property feasible and hence possible to pool capital for land-reclama ... More

Keywords: historical anthropology, China, ritual, social glue, law, lineage institutions, imperial Chinese state, land reclamation, taxation, defense

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001


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David Faure, author

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