By Xin Liu

China underwent a dramatic social transformation within the final decade of the 20 th century. This robust ethnographic examine of 1 group specializes in the good judgment of daily perform in post-reform rural China. Enriched with many vibrant anecdotes describing existence within the village of Zhaojiahe in northwestern China, In One's personal Shadow skillfully analyzes the alterations and continuities marking the hot historical past of this zone and highlights the wider implications for a way we comprehend chinese language modernity.

Liu's narrative presents a superbly evocative exploration of many domain names of way of life comparable to kinship and marriage traditions, nutrients platforms, ceremonial celebrations, social family members, and village politics. He brings to existence the various personalities and customs of Zhaojiahe as he offers the villagers' innovations to modernize in an atmosphere of scarce assets and a discredited cultural history. This accessibly written ethnography should be an important contribution to the anthropology of China.

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