Institutions and Leadership in Town and Countryside

In this classic study (1977), James Hayes examines local leadership in six villages and townships in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories during the late Qing. Drawing on a wealth of documentary sources and on fieldwork carried out while serving as a district officer, Hayes makes a powerful argument for the part played by ordinary men—peasants and shopkeepers—in running their own communities almost without interference from either the gentry or state officials. This new edition has a substantial new introduction by the author which reviews the research in the light of later scholarly studies.

Language: English

Paperback; 324pages

ISBN: 978-988-8139-11-8

Size: 14 X 21.5cm

The Hong Kong Region 1850–1911

SKU: BH048
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