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Author Oxfeld, Ellen, 1953-
Title Bitter and sweet : food, meaning, and modernity in rural China / Ellen Oxfeld.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]

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Author Oxfeld, Ellen, 1953-
Series California studies in food and culture ; 63
California studies in food and culture ; 63.
Subject Food supply -- China.
Food consumption -- China.
Rural families -- China.
Urbanization -- China.
Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- China -- History -- 21st century.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 256 pages)
Contents The value of food in rural China -- Labor -- Memory -- Exchange -- Morality -- Conviviality.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Less than a half century ago, China experienced a cataclysmic famine, which was particularly devastating in the countryside. For older people in rural areas, food now symbolizes everything from misery and extreme want to relative abundance. Young people, on the other hand, have a different relationship to food. Many young rural Chinese are migrating to rapidly industrializing cities for work, happy to leave behind the backbreaking labor associated with peasant agriculture. Bitter and Sweet examines the role of food in one rural Chinese community, as it has shaped everyday lives over the course of several tumultuous decades. In her superb ethnographic accounts, Ellen Oxfeld compels us to reexamine some of the dominant frameworks that have permeated recent scholarship on contemporary China, work that describes increasing dislocation and individualism and a lack of moral centeredness. By using food as our lens, we see a more complex picture, one in which connectedness and sense of place continue to play an important role, even in the context of rapid change."--Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 23, 2017).
In English.
ISBN 9780520966741 (electronic book)
0520966740 (electronic book)
9780520293519 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1525/9780520966741
OCLC # 962025819
Additional Format Print version: Oxfeld, Ellen, 1953- Bitter and sweet. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520293519 (DLC) 2016048660


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