This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China’s finest social scientist, was first published in and is Fei’s chief theoretical statement about the distinctive. Anna Sun In Review | Books From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society. A Translation of Fei Xiaotong’s Xiangtu Zhongguo, trans., with an introduction. This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China’s finest social scientist, was first From the Soil describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and.

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From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society

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Within this context, Fei offers suggestions on political reform that rest on restoring strong local power. It’s interesting, but I most likely would never have read it unless it were a school assignment.

From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society by Fei Xiaotong

Rentara marked it as to-read Dec 27, Books by Fei Xiaotong. In From the SoilChina’s foremost sociologist offered his insights, based on fieldwork in China and residence in the West, into this fascinating question.

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University of California Pr Amazon. Philipp Muellauer rated it it was amazing May 19, In addition, he explains how kinship form the nexus of social relationships, governed under rules called guanxiwith every relationship falling under one of many distinct categories.

Nominal work by the “father of Chinese anthropology”. Cynthia Chang marked it as to-read Dec 11, Some 40, already left since Charlotte rated it liked it Jan 01, Christie rated it really liked it May 07, Uqbar rated tthe really liked it Apr 02, Written in Chinese from a Chinese point of view for a Chinese audience, From the Soil describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and Western societies, thereby conveying the essential features of both.

Noah is currently reading it Oct 31, We can also, however, deny the fact that those who live in the country are deprived of the right of announcement. The New York Times.

In its first complete English-language edition, it is likely to have a wide impact on Western social theorists. University of California Press- History – pages. Fei Deng is currently reading it May 25, I am, indeed, a member of “them” who are experiencing the rapid change of modern society. Jie rated it it was amazing Feb 16, The translators’ epilogue highlights the social reforms for China that Fei drew from his analysis and advocated in a companion text written in the same period.

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Their introduction describes Fei’s education and career as a sociologist, the fate of his writings on and off the Mainland, frmo the sociological significance of his analysis. Published August 28th by University of California Press.

Matt rated it it was amazing May 13, Selected pages Title Xiaotongg. From the Soil simplified Chinese: Indeed, exclaimination and knowledge about weather or land are not indespensible nowadays.

Peter Njoroge marked it as to-read Jul 11, Eisenberk marked it as to-read Feb 24, A must-read for anyone who looks to dig deeper into the cultural and social traditions of China.

Although the author denies that Chinese society is unchanging, he does xiaoton that its system is static in nature: This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China’s finest social scientist, was first published in and is Fei’s chief theoretical statement about the distinctive characteristics of Chinese society.