Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China (The Wilder House Series in Politics, History and Culture)

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An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train tickets, obtaining housing, even doing business―all such tasks call for the skillful and strategic giving of gifts and cultivating of obligation, indebtedness, and reciprocity. Mayfair Mei-hui Yang's close scrutiny of this phenomenon serves as a window to view facets of a much broader and more complex cultural, historical, and political formation. Using rich and varied ethnographic examples of guanxi stemming from her fieldwork in China in the 1980s and 1990s, the author shows how this "gift economy" operates in the larger context of the socialist state redistributive economy.

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Mayfair Mei-hui Yang isProfessor of Religious Studies,East Asian Languages,Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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"To what extent did traditional customs and practices persist under the surface during the decades of Mao's rule, or are present forms a genuine revival? To what extent do these revivals testify to the enduring strength of the Chinese cultural tradition or are they to be explained much more as reflections of popular experiences during the socialist and reform eras' Mayfair Yang's book represents one of the most ambitious and systematic attempts to deal with a whole range of such questions."―Martin King Whyte, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 56, 1994

"Mayfair Yang has produced a stimulating book on an important subject that is as ill-studied as it is pervasive in Chinese social life. No social scientist working on contemporary Chinese issues should be without this book, and interested laymen and undergraduates will find it indispensable in making sense of contemporary China."―Gene Cooper, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 12, 1994

"Dr. Yang has produced an original and readable study of the way that Chinese build and use networks in social, work and political life. The importance of 'guanxi' or 'connections' in life in the People's Republic has often been commented on. Good guanxi can make all the difference in bringing off business deals, getting into the best schools and hospitals, and obtaining jobs and accommodation. Goods in scarce supply, travel tickets and special foods may also be obtained through guanxi when they are not available for straightforward purchase. . . This is an excellent study of an important subject."―Delia Davin, Asia Affairs, Vol. 12, 1994

"This fine and original study, the first of its sort, on guanxixue, the 'art of connections' that pervades social relationships in China, teems with ideas and theories and makes sense of encounters that will ring loud bells in the ears of anyone who has lived in mainland China."―Gregor Benton, China Information, Vol. 10, 1995

"I heartily recommend this book. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the meaning of social relationships in Chinese society."―Gary G. Hamilton, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 12, 1994

"This is an important and exciting book, a must for all students of Chinese social organization and for all those interested in how the human realm may reassert itself within the absolute state."―F. B. Bessac, Choice, Vol. 32, 1995

"Gifts, Favors and Banquets is a pioneering work that has become the indispensable reference work for the ever-burgeoning studies of guanxi. It is an extraordinarily thick ethnography that reveals years of research, analysis, and a talent for storytelling."―Prasenjit Duara, The University of Chicago

"This is an admirably accomplished effort in critical ethnography to define a key cultural formation―that of guanxi―and then to demonstrate its complex traces, resonances, and effects in the events, small and large, of contemporary China."―George Marcus, University of California, Irvine

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