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Gifts, Favors, and Banquets By Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang

Gifts, Favors, and Banquets by Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang

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An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train...

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Gifts, Favors, and Banquets Summary

Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China by Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang

An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train tickets, obtaining housing, even doing business-all such tasks call for the skillful and strategic giving of gifts and cultivating of obligation, indebtedness, and reciprocity.

Mayfair Mei-hui Yang's close scrutiny of this phenomenon serves as a window to view facets of a much broader and more complex cultural, historical, and political formation. Using rich and varied ethnographic examples of guanxi stemming from her fieldwork in China in the 1980s and 1990s, the author shows how this "gift economy" operates in the larger context of the socialist state redistributive economy.

Gifts, Favors, and Banquets Reviews

"I heartily recommend this book. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the meaning of social relationships in Chinese society."

-- Gary G. Hamilton * American Journal of Sociology *

"To what extent did traditional customs and practices persist under the surface during the decades of Mao's rule, or are present forms a genuine revival? To what extent do these revivals testify to the enduring strength of the Chinese cultural tradition or are they to be explained much more as reflections of popular experiences during the socialist and reform eras' Mayfair Yang's book represents one of the most ambitious and systematic attempts to deal with a whole range of such questions."

-- Martin King Whyte * The Journal of Asian Studies *

About Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang

Mayfair Yang is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China.

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CIN000238009
9780801495922
080149592X
Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China by Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cornell University Press
1994-08-16
384
Winner of Winner of the American Ethnological Society Book P.
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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