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Bajo un Mismo Techo: La familia tradicional en China y su crisis (Under the same roof: The traditional family in China and its crisis) (review)

Bajo un Mismo Techo: La familia tradicional en China y su crisis (Under the same roof: The... REVIEWS Flora Botton Beja and Romer Cornejo Bustamente. Bajo un Mismo Techo: La familia tradicional en China y su crisis (Under the same roof: The tradi- tional family in China and its crisis). Ciudad de México, D.F.: El Colegio de México, 1993. 243 pp. Paperback, isbn 968-12-0549-9. Twentieth-century writing on the traditional Chinese family has been dominated by the May Fourth critique, which attacked the traditional Chinese family structure as patriarchal and oppressive, stifling not only women but initiative in general. Lately, however, other voices have praised the same "traditional Chinese family" as close-knit, mutually interdependent, and achievement-oriented, and, as such, a prime engine of East Asia's rapid economic growth. Both views are of course vastiy oversimplified, but they have in common a valid core perception: the family must loom extraordinarily large in any discussion of social change in China, because of the way the family was understood as emblematic of the state during the last millennium of imperial China. Bajo un Mismo Techo examines the family during a critical period of social transition in China, namely the decades between the Republican and Communist revolutions. During these decades the family lost its traditional moorings, as China's enormous institutional http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Bajo un Mismo Techo: La familia tradicional en China y su crisis (Under the same roof: The traditional family in China and its crisis) (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (2) – Mar 30, 1997

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REVIEWS Flora Botton Beja and Romer Cornejo Bustamente. Bajo un Mismo Techo: La familia tradicional en China y su crisis (Under the same roof: The tradi- tional family in China and its crisis). Ciudad de México, D.F.: El Colegio de México, 1993. 243 pp. Paperback, isbn 968-12-0549-9. Twentieth-century writing on the traditional Chinese family has been dominated by the May Fourth critique, which attacked the traditional Chinese family structure as patriarchal and oppressive, stifling not only women but initiative in general. Lately, however, other voices have praised the same "traditional Chinese family" as close-knit, mutually interdependent, and achievement-oriented, and, as such, a prime engine of East Asia's rapid economic growth. Both views are of course vastiy oversimplified, but they have in common a valid core perception: the family must loom extraordinarily large in any discussion of social change in China, because of the way the family was understood as emblematic of the state during the last millennium of imperial China. Bajo un Mismo Techo examines the family during a critical period of social transition in China, namely the decades between the Republican and Communist revolutions. During these decades the family lost its traditional moorings, as China's enormous institutional

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Published: Mar 30, 1997

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