By Xin Liu

China underwent a dramatic social transformation within the final decade of the 20 th century. This strong ethnographic research of 1 neighborhood makes a speciality of the good judgment of daily perform in post-reform rural China. Enriched with many vibrant anecdotes describing lifestyles within the village of Zhaojiahe in northwestern China, In One's personal Shadow skillfully analyzes the adjustments and continuities marking the new background of this area and highlights the wider implications for how we comprehend chinese language modernity.

Liu's narrative offers a superbly evocative exploration of many domain names of lifestyle resembling kinship and marriage traditions, nutrition platforms, ceremonial celebrations, social kin, and village politics. He brings to lifestyles a number of the personalities and customs of Zhaojiahe as he provides the villagers' techniques to modernize in an atmosphere of scarce assets and a discredited cultural background. This accessibly written ethnography could be a vital contribution to the anthropology of China.

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