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Land was always at the centre of life in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories: it sustained livelihoods and lineages and, for some, was a route to power. Villagers managed their land according to customs that were often at odds with formal Chinese law. British rule, 1898-1997, added further complications by assimilating traditional practices into a western legal system. Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China explores land ownership in the New Territories, analyzing over a hundred surviving land deeds from the late Qing Dynasty to recent times, which are transcribed in full and translated into English. Together with other sources collected by the author during 30 years of research, these deeds yield information on all aspects of traditional village life – from raising families and making a living to coping with intruders – and evoke a view of the world which, despite decades of urbanization, still has resonance today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1: The Imperial and Customary Land Laws
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. The Imperial Land Law
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. 2. The Customary Land Law
  2. pp. 39-70
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  1. 3. Registration for the Land Tax and the Collection of Land Tax
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. Part 2: The Customary Land Law and Transactions in Land
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 4. Arable Land: Family Holdings, Trusts and Clan Holdings
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. 5. Restraints on Transactions in Land
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. 6. The Next Heir
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. 7. The Middleman and the Role of the Community in Land Transactions
  2. pp. 143-158
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  1. 8. Temporary and Reversible Alienations: Mortgages and Leases
  2. pp. 159-170
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  1. 9. Land Deeds and the Japanese Occupation, 1941–1945
  2. pp. 171-176
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  1. 10. An Afterview
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. Part 3: Customary Land Deeds
  2. pp. 183-184
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 185-194
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  1. Pre-British Period Deeds (Deeds 1–68)
  2. pp. 195-322
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  1. Early British Period (1901–1941) Deeds (Deeds 69–82)
  2. pp. 323-342
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  1. Japanese Period (1941–1945) Deeds (Deeds 83–94)
  2. pp. 343-356
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  1. Post-War (1945–1975) Deeds (Deeds 95–100)
  2. pp. 357-364
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  1. Other and Miscellaneous Deeds and Documents (Deeds 101–119)
  2. pp. 365-400
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 414-429
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  1. Appendix: A Note on Measures
  2. pp. 401-408
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 409-458
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 459-466
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 467-478
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  1. Index of Persons
  2. pp. 479-498
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  1. Index of Places
  2. pp. 499-514
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789882208490
Print ISBN
9789888139088
MARC Record
OCLC
847631028
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
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