Barnett, William Kester. An ethnographic description of Sanlei Ts'un, Taiwan, with emphasis on women's roles: overcoming research problems caused by the presence of a great tradition

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Chapter I Problem And Approach

Overview Of The Theoretical Problem

Discovery And Evolution Of The Specific Problem

Taiwan As A Research Site

Constraints On The Selection Of A Research Site

Selection Of The Subject Village

Research Methods

Approach To The Problem

Chapter Ii The Setting

Location And Physiography


Historical Setting--taiwan

Historical Setting--sanlei Ts'un

The Population

Social Organization



Dwellings And Community Buildings

Personal Property

Health And Sanitation

Food And Diet

Chapter Iii The Economic Base

Land And Land Tenure





Miscellaneous Cash Crops

Subsistence Crops

Animal Husbandry


Non-agricultural Employment

A Case Of Technological Obsolescence

Division Of Labor

Household Money Management

Household Budgets

Chapter Iv Formal Organization And Social Control

National Government

Provincial Government

County Government

Local Government

Divisions Of Local Government And Politics

Regional Factions In The Li

Ideological Factions In The Li

Local Officers And Procedures

The Farmers' Association

Farmers' Association Factions

The Fruit Cooperative


Social Control

Mediation And Legal Processes

Interpersonal Relations And “face”

Chapter V Kinship

Family Versus Household

Household Registration

Family Types And Distribution

Historical Changes In Family Size

Family Surnames

Chia Chang

Processes Changing Family Size

Regular Marriage

Selecting A Spouse

Incorporation Of The Bride

Chao Fu (adopted-in Husband)

Siaosiv (adopted Daughter Marriage)

Implications Of Marriage Forms

Reasons For Adopting Daughters

Distribution Of Adopted Daughter Types

Adopted Sons

Family Division And Inheritance

Basis For A Diachronic Approach To The Family

Postulates Affecting The Family Life Cycle

Family Life Cycles

The Basis Of Extra-familial Kinship Organizations

The Compound

Chapter Vi Voluntary Associations

Money Lending Club

Chieh Pai Hsiung Ti (sworn Brothers Association)

God's Associations

Social Effects Of Men's Voluntary Associations


Sanlei Ts'un Temple Association

Talei Li Temple Association

The Temple Versus An Ancestral Hall

Women's Work Groups

Men's Work Groups

Tea Processors

Young Men

Young Women

I Ching (voluntary Policemen)


Chapter Vii Religion

The Main Village Temple

Temple Gods

Temple Events

Earth God Temple

Miscellaneous Holy Places

The Home Worship Center Or Kung T'ing

Hsiang Lu (censer) Versus Shen Wei (ancestor Tablet)

Worship Units

Formal Religion

Religious Specialists

A Fire Purification Ceremony


Chapter Viii The Life Cycle

The Desire For Children

Pregnancy And Birth




Young Adults


Married Life




Death And Beyond

Chapter Ix Cycles In Time

The Sixty-year Cycle (chia Tzu) 2


The Yearly Religious Cycle

The Monthly Religious Cycle

The Weekly Cycle

The Function Of Religious Holidays

The Yearly Work Cycle

The Daily Cycle

Chapter X Summary And Conclusion

Traditional Accounts Of The Position Of Women

The Contrasting Position Of Women In Sanlei Ts'un

Conclusions And Suggestions For Future Research

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: An ethnographic description of Sanlei Ts'un, Taiwan, with emphasis on women's roles: overcoming research problems caused by the presence of a great tradition

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms. 1971. 3, 15, 565 leaves ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication William Kester Barnett

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Taiwan Hokkien (AD05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This doctoral dissertation is concerned with the discrepancy between the traditional view of the inferior status of Chinese women as contrasted with the quite different status as revealed in the study of a Hokkien village in northern Taiwan. Most of the monograph is a rich ethnography of this village, presenting data on the status of women throughout the description. The remainder of the monograph deals with the presentation of women's status in the literature and in the ideal view of the Chinese Great tradition.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ad05-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UM 71-2026 Thesis (Ph.D.) - Michigan State University, 1970 Includes bibliography

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1965-1967

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Dubravka Schmalzbauer ; Helen Gunsher Bornstein

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sanlei Ts'un village, Taiwan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Taiwanese


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