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The Resource Unruly People : Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China, Robert J. Antony, (electronic resource)

Unruly People : Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China, Robert J. Antony, (electronic resource)

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Unruly People : Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China
Title
Unruly People
Title remainder
Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Antony
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Language
eng
Summary
Unruly People shows that in mid-Qing Guangdong banditry occurred mainly in the densely populated core Canton delta where state power was strongest, challenging the conventional wisdom that banditry was most prevalent in peripheral areas. Through extensive archival research, Antony reveals that this is because the local working poor had no other options to ensure their livelihood. In 1780 the Qing government enacted the first of a series of special laws to deal specifically with Guangdong bandits who plundered on land and water. The new law was prompted by what officials described as a spiraling "bandit miasma" in the province that had been simmering for decades. To understand the need for the special laws, Unruly People takes a closer look at the complex relationships and interconnections between bandits, sworn brotherhoods, local communities, and the Qing state in Guangdong from 1760 to 1845. Antony treats collective crime as a symptom of the dysfunction in local society and breakdown of the imperial legal system. He analyzes over 2,300 criminal cases found in palace and routine memorials in the Qing archives, as well as extant Chinese literary and foreign sources and fieldwork in rural Guangdong, to recreate vivid details of late imperial China's underworld of crime and violence
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Antony, Robert J
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Brigands and robbers
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  • China
  • China, Southeast
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Unruly People : Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China, Robert J. Antony, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-300) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. An age of mounting disorder -- Preventive measures and protective strategies -- 3. Instructing the people and disseminating the laws -- 4. The reach of the state -- 5. Community security and self-defense -- Crimes, criminals, and community -- 6. The structures of crime -- 7. The laboring poor and banditry -- 8. Bandits, brotherhoods, and collective crime -- 9. Networks of accomplices -- State and local law enforcement -- 10. The Qing Code and special judicial legislation -- 11. Enforcing the laws and suppressing the criminals -- 12. Prosecution and punishment -- 13. Conclusion -- Afterword
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ssj0001754721
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 PDF (xi, 308 pages) :)
Form of item
online
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9789888208951
Isbn Type
(print)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001754721
Label
Unruly People : Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China, Robert J. Antony, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-300) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. An age of mounting disorder -- Preventive measures and protective strategies -- 3. Instructing the people and disseminating the laws -- 4. The reach of the state -- 5. Community security and self-defense -- Crimes, criminals, and community -- 6. The structures of crime -- 7. The laboring poor and banditry -- 8. Bandits, brotherhoods, and collective crime -- 9. Networks of accomplices -- State and local law enforcement -- 10. The Qing Code and special judicial legislation -- 11. Enforcing the laws and suppressing the criminals -- 12. Prosecution and punishment -- 13. Conclusion -- Afterword
Control code
ssj0001754721
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 PDF (xi, 308 pages) :)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9789888208951
Isbn Type
(print)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001754721

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