Gates, Hill. Prosperity Settlement: the politics of PAIPAI in Taipei, Taiwan

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Chapter One : Introduction

Aims Of The Study

“urbanization” And Urban Life

Small-business Families In The Chinese City

Social Stratification In Taiwan

Taiwanese Ethnicity And The Paipai

Prosperity Settlement As A Field Site

The Problems And Techniques Of The Fieldwork

Chapter Two : Occupations And The Economic Basis Of The Community

The Origins Of Prosperity Settlement As A Business Community

The Community's Standard Of Living

House Types

Occupations In Prosperity Settlement

Occupational Choice And Household Size

Income From Rent

Capital And Credit

Community Economic Interdependence

Food Marketing

Purchase Of Store And Craft Supplies

Minimal Markets


Chapter Iii : Settlement Families

The Complex Family And The Traditional Middle Class

Economic Factors In Traditional Middle Class Family Structure

Nuclear And Complex Families

Stem Families

Extended Families

Joint Families

Degrees Of Family Cohesion

Inheritance And Family Fission

Household Headship

Women's Roles In Community Integration

Leading Families Of Prosperity Settlement


Chapter Iv : Paipai In Taipei

Autonomous Community Festivals

Recent Trends In Paipai Participation

Government Opposition To Paipai

Paipai Unification

Reasons For Continued Growth Of Paipai

Maintenance Of Social Networks

Social Solidarity

Inter-community Links

Support Of Temples By Public Officials

Paipai As A Symbol Of Ethnic Solidarity

Taiwanese Opposition To Paipai

Dissociation From Paipai

Chapter V : Paipai In Prosperity Settlement

Ritual Unity And Fission In Prosperity Section

Changes In Paipai Leadership

The Paipai In Honor Of Tho Te Kong

The Paipai In Honor Of Sam Kai Kong

The Paipai In Honor Of Wen Cu Kong

The Symbolism Of The Community's Gods

Chapter Vi : Leadership In Prosperity Settlement

The New Temple Site

Municipal Administration

Section Citizens' Meetings

Section And Neighborhood Heads

Higher Authorities, The Heavenly Bureaucracy, And The Mandarin Strategy

The Problem Of “responsibility”

“patron-client” Relationships In Prosperity Settlement

Local Leadership And The State

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Title: Prosperity Settlement: the politics of PAIPAI in Taipei, Taiwan

Published By: Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1974 [1983 copy]. 3, 5, 206 p.: ill.

By line: Hill Gates Rohsenow

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Taiwan Hokkien (AD05)

Subjects: Internal trade (438); Retail marketing (443); Classes (565); Household (592); Extended families (596); Community structure (621); Inter-community relations (628); Cult of the dead (769); Congregations (794); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This dissertation is a study of PAIPAI, or annual community religious festivals, in 'Prosperity Settlement', a pseudonymous portion of a LI on the edge of Taipei City. Gates shows how the PAIPAI and other traditional Taiwanese social forms function in adapting the economy and social and political organization of the settlement to the encroaching urban and complexities of urban life.

Document Number: 49

Document ID: ad05-049

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM 74-15,837. Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Michigan, 1973 Includes bibliography

Field Date: 1970

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: David Sherwood

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: 'Prosperity Settlement,' Taiwan (p. 18-19)

LCSH: Taiwanese


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