Songs for Dead Parents: Corpse, Text, and World in Southwest China

University of Chicago Press
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In a society that has seen epochal change over a few generations, what remains to hold people together and offer them a sense of continuity and meaning? In Songs for Dead Parents, Erik Mueggler shows how in contemporary China death and the practices surrounding it have become central to maintaining a connection with the world of ancestors, ghosts, and spirits that socialism explicitly disavowed.

Drawing on more than twenty years of fieldwork in a mountain community in Yunnan Province, Songs for Dead Parents shows how people view the dead as both material and immaterial, as effigies replace corpses, tombstones replace effigies, and texts eventually replace tombstones in a long process of disentangling the dead from the shared world of matter and memory. It is through these processes that people envision the cosmological underpinnings of the world and assess the social relations that make up their community. Thus, state interventions aimed at reforming death practices have been deeply consequential, and Mueggler traces the transformations they have wrought and their lasting effects.
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Erik Mueggler is professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He was a 2002 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
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Publisher
University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Dec 2, 2017
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780226483412
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Asia / China
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / General
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不但能將香港美味記憶帶回家,還有簡易食譜試做正宗港味。


【本書特色】


1.港仔的巷弄秘店第二彈!

2.聚焦香港巷弄間的美食,品嚐道地老香港滋味。

3.採買最佳伴手禮,並附上簡易食譜,延續香港美味記憶。

4.每篇皆附上店家資訊、交通方式和推薦菜單。

5.以餐廳所在地點整理索引編目,方便讀者快速找到喜愛的餐廳。


【譚詠麟感動推薦】


「民以食為天」,飲食是人生存之基本條件。

在香港這個繁榮的都市,一個小小的地方充斥著這些具有特色及人情味濃厚的小店,為營營役役生活下的狹縫中為人生增添一抹色彩,你的大杯酒、大塊肉,跟我的半肥瘦叉燒、雲?麵同樣滋味。

這樣的小店也體會了傳承的精神,除了手藝,還有長輩們的夢想就在小店中延續下去。

看到這本書,令我想起了小時候媽媽只用了麵粉、糖、雞蛋、油,就弄出了香氣四溢兼黃澄澄的賀年糕點,一班兄弟姊妹你一塊我一塊吃個不停,家人之間的感情就是這樣吃出來了。

飽餐一頓不難。品嚐美味,看似不難,委實在於甲之熊掌,乙之砒霜。品嚐美味之餘卻又可以感受食物背後的故事,體會人生之起落及社會之變遷,家輝這本書就能令人從食物中細味人生。


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