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Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest ChinaState, Village, Family$
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Yi Wu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846770

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846770.001.0001

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Zhaizi, the Persistent Natural Village in Fuyuan

Zhaizi, the Persistent Natural Village in Fuyuan

(p.23) Chapter 2 Zhaizi, the Persistent Natural Village in Fuyuan
Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China

Yi Wu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the enduring social and cultural identities of rural settlements, which in Fuyuan and many other rural areas in southwest China is called zhaizi. It reveals that the identity of every zhaizi, reinforced by a series of elements and mechanisms, such as restricted membership, ancestral graves, and territorial deities, has been instrumental in maintaining the social and physical boundaries of each community. These identities have persisted over long historical periods and continued to exist in a socialist context.

Keywords:   natural village, rural settlements, identity, community membership, community boundaries

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