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Re: Delia Davin (June 9, 1944-October 13, 2016): An Appreciation

Remembering Delia There is another compelling memorial to Delia by John Gittings in The Guardian. Here's another brief recollection. Delia arrived in Tokyo from China perhaps en route back to England for a brief research visit, perhaps in 1973. She also threw herself into the work of Beheiren (Japan Peace for Vietnam Committee) and its international affiliate (Gaijin Beheiren) participating, and Lucy then perhaps two years old on her back. There's a memorable photo of them in a Tokyo demo with

Re: Delia Davin (June 9, 1944-October 13, 2016): An Appreciation

From Chen Shehong, on remembering Delia Davin Delia Davin—Teacher and Humanitarian Chen Shehong I wrote my mother's (Chen Huiqin's) memoir titled Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir, for which Delia Davin wrote the Introduction. I am very much saddened by the news that Prof. Davin had passed away. I am writing to tell a story Prof. Davin shared with me to add to what Prof. Gail Hershatter has written in her "Delia Davin: An Appreciation."

Delia Davin (June 9, 1944-October 13, 2016): An Appreciation

           Delia Davin, a scholar who helped bring questions of gender to the center of China Studies, has died at home in Leeds, England after a long illness. She was Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.

Member Book, Yi Wu, Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family

Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, I am pleased to announce the recent publication of my book 

 Yi Wu, Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family (A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University).  University of Hawaii Press, 2016, 304 pages, ISBN: 978-0824846770.

Re: Everyday life in Maoist China

From anthropology, a lot of notable work during this period: historical and ethnographic 1. David Bray 2005 Social Space and Urban governance in Urban China from origins to reform (the urban planning in socialist china) 2. Walder, Andrew 1988 Communist Neotraditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry 3. Yunxiang Yan 2003 Private Life Under Socialism 4. Parrish and Whyte 1985 Urban life in contemporary China 5. Parrish and Whyte 1980 Village and Family in contemporary China 6. Potter and Potter 1990 China's Peasants The anthropology of a revolution

Re: Everyday life in Maoist China

Hi Macabe, Good to hear from you! There are a good number of older works dealing with this topic, including plenty of memoirs, but depending on the scope and level of your colleague's course, I would recommend 3 recent works: 1) "Maoism at the Grassroots," an edited collection with a good range of essays from scholars based in N. America, Europe, and China 2) Daniel Leese's book "Mao Cult," which does a good job thinking about Mao's cult in comparison to other dictatorships - the conclusion would be especially good for a course not specifically focused on China/Asia

Re: Searching for morning hunters and after-dinner critics in Mao-era sources

Thank you all for this. And thanks for correcting me on Meisner vs. Terrill. That was careless of me! But I'm glad... because the two lines were really so close that it would have been odd for Meisner to echo so closely without citation. Well, it's sad to kiss this one goodbye. I really liked that little "fact." And if anyone ends up finding anything to shore it up after all, I'll be glad to welcome it back. (But I think Michael's right to doubt it.)

Everyday life in Maoist China

Dear colleagues,

My colleague is creating a course on everyday life under totalitarlian/authoritarian regimes and is looking for suggestions on Maoist China - either about ordinary peoples’ experiences or on things like the cult of personality, etc. A point of comparison in the Soviet context would be Sheila Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism.


Macabe Keliher
Assistant Professor
Department of History
West Virginia University


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