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Scythe and the City: A Social History of Death in Shanghai

Christian Henriot


This monograph is the first book-length study of death in modern China. It examines what death represented in Chinese urban society and how the Chinese dealt with and managed death in a large urban setting. The manuscript focuses on Shanghai from 1865 to 1965. It is based on extensive archival research, a very thorough use of the press, and a wide array of materials, including maps and photographs as sources. The central question the book addresses is: in view of known Chinese practices about death, how did these practices adapt to a modern densely urbanized environment and how did the Chinese ... More

Keywords: China, Shanghai, population, urban, city, death, funeral, body, ritual, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804797467
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Henriot, author
L'Institut d'Asie Orientale