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A College Student's Rural Journey: Early Sociology and Anthropology in China Seen through Fieldwork on Sichuan's Secret Society
Di Wang
2017
Source PublicationFrontiers of History in China
ISSN1673-3401
Volume12Issue:1Pages:1-31
Abstract

This paper focuses on the investigators of rural society in the Republican period, specifically research made through fieldwork on the Gowned Brothers (or, Paoge) in 1940s Sichuan. It takes up one such investigator, Shen Baoyuan—a student at Yenching University; her youthful work never became published or recognized. The present study reveals how the pioneers of Chinese sociology and anthropology, who called themselves “rural activists,” tried to understand rural China. It argues that the developments in those fields in China of the 1920s and 1940s made it possible for us today to have a better understanding of the contemporary rural problems. The investigators played an important role in the Rural Construction and Rural Education Movements in Republican China. They show us how Western sociology and anthropology were localized in order to answer “Chinese questions” and to solve “Chinese problems.” As source material, these investigations have given us rich records, which in turn have become precious sources and historical memories of rural China’s past.

KeywordRural Activists Sociology Yenching University Sichuan 1920s–1940s Secret Society
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3868/s020-006-017-0001-1
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaHistory
WOS SubjectHistory
WOS IDWOS:000401870600001
PublisherHIGHER EDUCATION PRESS, NO 4 DEWAI DAJIE, BEIJING 100120, PEOPLES R CHINA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
Corresponding AuthorDi Wang
AffiliationDepartment of History, University of Macau, Macau, FSS, E21-2030, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Di Wang. A College Student's Rural Journey: Early Sociology and Anthropology in China Seen through Fieldwork on Sichuan's Secret Society[J]. Frontiers of History in China,2017,12(1):1-31.
APA Di Wang.(2017).A College Student's Rural Journey: Early Sociology and Anthropology in China Seen through Fieldwork on Sichuan's Secret Society.Frontiers of History in China,12(1),1-31.
MLA Di Wang."A College Student's Rural Journey: Early Sociology and Anthropology in China Seen through Fieldwork on Sichuan's Secret Society".Frontiers of History in China 12.1(2017):1-31.
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