For seven years in the 1970s, the author lived in a village in northeast China as an ordinary farmer. In 1989, he returned to the village as an anthropologist to begin the unparalleled span of eleven years' fieldwork that has resulted in this book--a comprehensive, vivid, and nuanced account of family change and the transformation of private life in rural China from 1949 to 1999.
The author's focus on the personal and the emotional sets this book apart from most studies of the Chinese family. Yan explores private lives to examine areas of family life that have been largely overlooked, such as emotion, desire, intimacy, privacy, conjugality, and individuality.
He concludes that the past five decades have witnessed a dual transformation of private life: the rise of the private family, within which the private lives of individual women and men are thriving.
Private Life under Socialism
Stanford University Press
Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999
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