Gifts, Favors, and Banquets

Gifts, Favors, and Banquets

An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train tickets, obtaining housing, even doing business—all such tasks call for the skillful and strategic giving of gifts and cultivating of obligation, indebtedness, and reciprocity. Mayfair Mei-hui Yang's close scrutiny of this… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press

Parent ISBN: 9780801423437

Page count: 384 pages

Language: English


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