For further alternative grass-roots accounts of Chinese society, see
- the films of Wang Bing and Ai Xiaoming on the labour camp system (China: commemorating trauma);
- the stories of Liao Yiwu (The corpse walker);
- thoughts on the brief of ethnography (see also fieldwork tag).
For the troubled maintenance of local ritual life under changing regimes:
- numerous posts on the Li family Daoists (category here, with basic subheads), based on my film and my book; for their experience of Maoism, see here.
- many posts deriving from my work on Gaoluo village (tag here), including A tribute to two ritual leaders and Women of Gaoluo;
- and just about all the field reports under Local ritual are relevant, including Xushui (of Great Leap Backward fame), and Xiongxian and Baiyangdian (of XiongAn development fame);
- as well as my introduction to the lowly shawm bands (Walking shrill).
On recent conflicts between state and society, see e.g.
- general background here
- the dreaded Hengshan Daoist Music Troupe
- Festivals: the official–folk continuum.
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For Chinese parallels with authoritarian regimes in Europe, see e.g. my posts on
- Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen
- the work of Philippe Sands
- the GDR (here and here)
- the Salazar regime
- gender and moral choices during and after the occupation of Paris.
For another handy digest on a variety of topics, see here.