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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China
Author(s):Yang, Mayfair
Publisher Name:Cornell University Press
Place of Publication:Ithaca, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1994
Annotation:Yang presents the practice of guanzi (a relationship) between objects, forces, or as her fieldwork demonstrates, persons. It is a “gift economy” that has effectively subverted the socialism of Maoist China and upholds a civil society embedded culturally in a redistributive economy. Describing guanzi’s scope and use as well as its contexts, ethics, tactics, and etiquette, Yang suggests that this practice challenges state-centered ideology with that of a subjectivity found in the “art of social relationships.”
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