Chinese ritual and politics / Emily Martin Ahern.

As a result of the strength and dominance of the centralized state, ritual action in China often takes its logic from political action. In this book Emily Ahern explores the implications of this. She argues that forms of control attempted ritually on non-human persons (gods and other spirits) in Chi...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Martin, Emily, (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Series:Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology ; 34.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • List of figures
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • PART I. Interpersonal communication
  • 1. Interpersonal versus non-interpersonal transaction
  • 2. Written bureaucratic communication
  • 3. Etiquette and control
  • PART II. Codes
  • 4. Divination
  • 5. Open and closed practices
  • PART III. Politics
  • 6. Ritual and political authorities
  • 7. Ritual as a learning game
  • Conclusions and further questions
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Character list
  • Index.