From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society, A Translation of Fei Xiaotong's Xiangtu Zhongguo (Paperback)
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Short Description for From the Soil Written in Chinese from a Chinese point of view for a Chinese audience, this title describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and Western societies, thereby conveying the useful features of both. It shows how these features reflect and are reflected in the moral and ethical characters of people in these societies.
- Published: 28 August 1992
- Format: Paperback 176 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520077966 ISBN 10: 0520077962
- Sales rank: 237,676
Full description for From the Soil
This classic text by Fei Xiaotong, China's finest social scientist, was first published in 1947 and is Fei's chief theoretical statement about the distinctive characteristics of Chinese society. Written in Chinese from a Chinese point of view for a Chinese audience, "From the Soil" describes the contrasting organizational principles of Chinese and Western societies, thereby conveying the essential features of both. Fei shows how these unique features reflect and are reflected in the moral and ethical characters of people in these societies. This profound, challenging book is both succinct and accessible. In its first complete English-language edition, it is likely to have a wide impact on Western social theorists. Gary G. Hamilton and Wang Zheng's translation captures Fei's jargonless, straightforward style of writing. Their introduction describes Fei's education and career as a sociologist, the fate of his writings on and off the Mainland, and the sociological significance of his analysis. The translators' epilogue highlights the social reforms for China that Fei drew from his analysis and advocated in a companion text written in the same period.