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Title: Monuments of grief : village politics and memory in post-socialist rural China
Authors: Wu, KM
Keywords: Chinese village-state relations
Political corruption
Social memory
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Source: Ethnology, 2007, v. 46, no. 1, p. 41-55 How to cite?
Journal: Ethnology 
Abstract: A small bridge project in rural China became a corruption scandal and burdened villagers with a huge debt. Seeking reason and justice from government officials, villagers encountered only obfuscation and frustration. At the same time, a void left during the Chinese Cultural Revolution by the destruction of an arch to chastity, a village monument, became a gathering place for mythical legends, stories of loyalty and betrayal, and speculations on the fate of the community. Forced to retain a pre-reform identity of rural residency, yet confronted with a market economy constrained by arbitrary state regulations, the bridge and the lost arch are spaces where villagers reconstruct their memory of Maoist governance, evaluate meanings of political relations, and project their image for fairness and a responsible state.
ISSN: 0014-1828
EISSN: 2160-3510
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