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Author Chabrowski, Igor Iwo,
Title Singing on the river : Sichuan boatmen and their work songs, 1880s - 1930s / by Igor Iwo Chabrowski.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2015]

Author Chabrowski, Igor Iwo,
Series China Studies
China Studies.
Subject Work songs -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- History and criticism.
Boaters (Persons) -- China -- Sichuan Sheng -- Social conditions.
Sichuan Sheng (China) -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 311 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The social origins of the songs -- The sounds of the river -- Mapping the river world -- Where do we belong -- On women and love.
Note Print version record.
Summary Singing on the river' by Igor Chabrowski, based on Sichuan boatmen's work songs (haozi), explores the little known world of mentality and self-representation of Chinese workers from the late 19th century until the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937). Chabrowski demonstrates how river workers constructed and interpreted their world, work, and gender in context of the dissolving social, cultural, and political orders. Boatmen asserted their own values, bemoaned exploitation, and imagined their sexuality largely in order to cope with their low social status. Through studying the Sichuan boatmen we gain an insight into the ways in which twentieth-century nonindustrial Chinese workers imagined their place in the society and appropriated, without challenging them, the traditional values.
ISBN 9789004305649 (electronic bk.)
9004305645 (electronic bk.)
9789004305632 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9004305637 (hardback ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1163/9789004305649
OCLC # 921988171
Additional Format Print version: Chabrowski, Igor Iwo. Singing on the river. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2015] 9789004305632 (DLC) 2015027421 (OCoLC)914296273

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