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Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore
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The volume collects the published articles of Dr. Marjorie Topley, who was a pioneer in the field of social anthropology in the postwar period and also the first president of the revived Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Her ethnographic research in Singapore and Hong Kong set a high standard for urban anthropology, and helped creating the fields of religious studies, migration studies, gender studies, and medical anthropology, focusing on topics that remain current and important in the disciplines. The essays in this collection showcase Dr. Topley’s groundbreaking contributions in several areas of scholarship. These include “Chinese Women’s Vegetarian Houses in Singapore” (1954) and “The Great Way of Former Heaven: A Group of Chinese Secret Religious Sects” (1963), both important research on the study of subcultural groups in a complex urban society; “Marriage Resistance in Rural Kwangtung” (1978), now a classic in Chinese anthropology and women’s studies; her widely known and cited article, “Cosmic Antagonisms: A Mother-Child Syndrome” (1974), which investigates widely shared everyday practices and cosmological explanations that Cantonese mothers invoked when they encountered difficulties in child-rearing; and “Capital, Saving and Credit among Indigenous Rice Farmers and Immigrant Vegetable Farmers in Hong Kong's New Territories” (2004 [1964]).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore:
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I: Chinese Ritual Practice in Singapore
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  1. Chapter 1: Some Occasional Rites Performed by the Singapore Cantonese
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. Chapter 2: Chinese Rites for the Repose of the Soul,with Special Reference to Cantonese Custom
  2. pp. 57-72
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  1. Chapter 3: Paper Charms, and Prayer Sheets as Adjuncts to Chinese Worship
  2. pp. 73-96
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  1. Chapter 4: Ghost Marriages among the Singapore Chinese
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. Chapter 5: Ghost Marriages among the Singapore Chinese: A Further Note
  2. pp. 101-103
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  1. Part II: Religious Associations in Singapore and China
  1. Chapter 6: Chinese Women’s Vegetarian Houses in Singapore
  2. pp. 107-124
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  1. Chapter 7: Chinese Religion and Religious Institutions in Singapore
  2. pp. 125-174
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  1. Chapter 8: The Emergence and Social Function of Chinese Religious Associations in Singapore
  2. pp. 175-202
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  1. Chapter 9: The Great Way of Former Heaven: A Group of Chinese Secret Religious Sects
  2. pp. 203-240
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  1. Chapter 10: Chinese Religion and Rural Cohesion in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 241-271
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  1. Part III: Economy and Society: Hong Kong and Guangdong
  1. Chapter 11: The Role of Savings and Wealth among Hong Kong Chinese
  2. pp. 275-329
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  1. Chapter 12: Capital, Saving and Credit among Indigenous Rice Farmers and Immigrant Vegetable Farmers in Hong Kong’s New Territories
  2. pp. 331-361
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  1. Part IV: Religion and Society: Hong Kong and Guangdong
  1. Chapter 13: Some Basic Conceptions and Their Traditional Relationship to Society
  2. pp. 365-379
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  1. Chapter 14: Chinese Occasional Rites in Hong Kong
  2. pp. 381-403
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  1. Chapter 15: Notes on Some Vegetarian Halls in Hong Kong Belonging to the Sect of Hsien-T’ien Tao (The Way of Former Heaven)
  2. pp. 405-421
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  1. Chapter 16: Marriage Resistance in Rural Kwangtung
  2. pp. 423-446
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  1. Part V: Chinese and Western Medicine in Hong Kong
  2. p. 447
  1. Chapter 17: Chinese Traditional Ideas and the Treatment of Disease: Two Examples from Hong Kong
  2. pp. 449-470
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  1. Chapter 18: Cosmic Antagonisms: A Mother-Child Syndrome
  2. pp. 471-487
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  1. Chapter 19: Chinese and Western Medicine in Hong Kong: Some Social and Cultural Determinants of Variation, Interaction and Change
  2. pp. 489-521
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  1. Chapter 20: Chinese Traditional Aetiology and Methods of Cure in Hong Kong
  2. pp. 522-547
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  1. Appendix: Glossary of Chinese Terms
  2. pp. 549-572
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 573-609
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