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Conflict, Community, and the State in Late Imperial Sichuan

Making Local Justice, 1st Edition

By Quinn Javers


158 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Exploring local practices of dispute resolution and laying bare the routine role of violence in the late-Qing dynasty, Conflict, Community, and the State in Late Imperial Sichuan demonstrates the significance of everyday violence in ordering, disciplining, and building communities.

The book examines over 350 legal cases that comprise the "cases of unnatural death" archival file from 1890 to 1900 in Ba County, Sichuan province. The archive presents an untidy array of death, including homicides, suicides, and found bodies. An analysis of the muddled and often petty disputes found in these records reveals the existence of a local system of authority that disciplined and maintained daily life. Often relying on violence, this local justice system occasionally intersected with the state’s justice system, but was not dependent on it.This study demonstrates the importance of informal, local authority to our understanding of justice in the late Qing era.

Providing a non-elite perspective on Qing power, law, justice, and the role of the state, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese and Asian history, as well as legal history and comparative studies of violence.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Practices of Conflict

1. False Accusation and Vernacular Maps: Local Tools for Shaping Justice

2. Local Violence: Kidnapping, Sexual Impropriety, and Community Discipline

Part 2: Webs of Power

3.Family Conflict: Contesting and Constructing Local Authority

4. Economic Disputes: Social Meanings and Market-based Exchange

Conclusion: Beyond the State

About the Author

Quinn Javers is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Davis.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies