My new book has been published. The full citation is:
Kipnis, Andrew B. 2021. The Funeral of Mr. Wang: Life, Death, and Ghosts in Urbanizing China Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520381971. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.105 . 190 pp.,17 color photographs, 2 maps.
The book examines urbanization in China through the lens of funerals, memorialization, and the rise of a funerary industry. Through a detailed examination of a single funeral it analyses the geographic spaces used by the dead in urban China, the patterns of social relationships revealed by funerals, the economic dynammics of funerals including gift giving, inheritance and commodity exchange, the politics of regulating funerals and memorialization, and the political dynamics of practices related to souls, spirits, and ghosts. As an open access book with University of California Press, free electronic copies may be downloaded from the webpage:
Being open access and using accessible language, the book has been written for a broad audience interested in Chinese society, history, and urbanization. See the above url for further information.