Afterword by Zhijia Shen, Zhijia Shen and Zhijia Shen
Skinner went on to become a giant in his field—his obituary in American Anthropologist called him "the world's most influential anthropologist of China." A key portion of his legacy arose from his Sichuan fieldwork, contained in his classic monograph Marketing and Social Structure in Rural China. Although the People's Liberation Army confiscated Skinner's research materials, some had been sent out in advance and were discovered among the files donated to the University of Washington Libraries after his death. Skinner's notes and photos bring to life this rare glimpse of rural China on the brink of momentous change.
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"The discovery of Bill Skinner's day-to-day account of the communist takeover of Sichuan is very significant. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists will find much of interest in this book."—James L. Watson, Harvard University
"William Skinner's field notes, edited by Harrell and Lavely, present an absorbing recital of life in rural Sichuan on the eve of its transformation into socialism. The photos enormously enhance the text, which is studded with insights foreshadowing some of Skinner's most important contributions to the China field, and evoke the circumstances of ordinary Chinese living through chaotic times. There is much to learn from this book."—Evelyn Rawski, University of Pittsburgh
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