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Author Wang, Di, 1956-
Title Violence and order on the Chengdu Plain : the story of a secret brotherhood in rural China, 1939-1949 / Di Wang.
Imprint Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]

Author Wang, Di, 1956-
Subject Ge lao hui -- History -- 20th century.
Brotherhoods -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Secret societies -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Power (Social sciences) -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Filicide -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History -- 20th century.
Sichuan Sheng (China) -- Rural conditions -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 260 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : two stories joined in the Chengdu Plain -- A public execution -- A local band of the Gowned Brothers -- Spirituality and customs -- Secret codes and language -- Disciplines and dominance -- A tenant farmer and Paoge master -- Entering the Paoge -- The decline of power -- A family crisis and a rural woman's fate -- Fall of the Paoge -- Looking for the storyteller -- Untangling Paoge myth -- Appendix 1 : Paoge ranks -- Appendix 2 : Lei family tree -- Appendix 3 : selected ritual/festival events -- Appendix 4 : Chinese texts of sayings and poems -- Appendix 5 : brief comments on texts, myth, and history.
Summary This is the first book-length treatment of the Paoge--a violent secret society located in a rural village near Chengdu, China. The book uses a filicide within the society as a starting point to examine the environment, history, culture, and organization of the Paoge and the structures of local power in 1940s rural Sichuan.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 30, 2018).
ISBN 9781503605336 (electronic book)
1503605337 (electronic book)
OCLC # 1000298080
Additional Format Print version: Wang, Di, 1956- Violence and order on the Chengdu Plain. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018] 9781503604834 (DLC) 2017032564 (OCoLC)999440528

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