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Culture, Mind, and Society

Filial Obsessions

Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents

Authors: sangren, p. steven

  • Complicates the long-standing disciplinary assumption that social or collective phenomena cannot be explained with reference to psychology or individual desire
  • Demonstrates that understudied elements—such as fantasy—play a crucial role in the logic of Chinese patrilineal institutions
  • Advances anthropology’s longstanding mandate to connect cultural differences to commonalities of human experience
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About this book

This book employs a broad analysis of Chinese patriliny to propose a distinctive theoretical conceptualization of the role of desire in culture. It utilizes a unique synthesis of Marxian and psychoanalytic insights in arguing that Chinese patriliny is best understood as, simultaneously, “a mode of production of desire” and as “instituted fantasy.” The argument advances through discussions and analyses of kinship, family, gender, filial piety, ritual, and (especially) mythic narratives. In each of these domains, P. Steven Sangren addresses the complex sentiments and ambivalences associated with filial relations. Unlike most earlier studies which approach Chinese patriliny and filial piety as irreducible markers of cultural difference, Sangren argues that Chinese patriliny is better approached as a topic of critical inquiry in its own right. 

About the authors

P. Steven Sangren is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Cornell University, USA. His work focuses on Chinese culture and society—especially gender, religion, and mythic narrative. 

Reviews

“This book shows anthropological thinking at its very best. P. Steven Sangren engages with broad theoretical issues, including the complex relationship of culture to desire. But he does so by examining a highly particular set of Chinese cultural artefacts, including the remarkable—in some respects, disturbing—story of the boy-god Nezha.” (Charles Stafford, Professor of Anthropology, Asia Research Center, the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“Sangren’s theoretically innovative book revises Chinese filial piety from timeless cultural essence into a dynamic social configuration embodying a logic of desire. It becomes part of an active, constructive ‘patriliny,’ one that organizes gender identities, ancestor worship, and family dynamics, while appealing to the Chinese imagination as what he calls ‘an instituted fantasy.’ This work embraces and advances anthropology’s commitment to illuminating cultural differences in the context of commonalities of human experiences.” (Angela Zito, Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies, New York University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Preface and Overview

    Sangren, P. Steven

    Pages 1-12

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  • Popular Religion, a Chinese Superboy, and “The Investiture of the Gods”

    Sangren, P. Steven

    Pages 13-55

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  • “Filial Piety” and Cultural Difference

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    Pages 57-80

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  • Spirit Possession, Family Issues, and the Revelation of Gods’ Biographies

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    Pages 81-131

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  • Filial Piety: Fathers, Real and Ideal

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    Pages 133-166

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eBook 69,99 €
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50492-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84411-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Filial Obsessions
Book Subtitle
Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50493-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50493-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50492-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84411-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 381
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 illustrations in colour
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