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L’institution du mariage et ses transformations en Chine rurale contemporaine : une enquête ethnographique sur les activités matrimoniales dans un village du Henan

Abstract : Based on an ethnographic study of matrimonial activities at Zhang Village (Henan province), this dissertation aims to identify continuities and changes in matrimonial rituals and procedures and explain whether observed changes speak of a structural transformation of the institution of marriage in contemporary rural China. By studying the matrimonial activities step by step, it demonstrates that perpetuation of the patrilineal lineage remains a transcendent value encompassing all types of family relationships. Although there have been many changes in private life since the Chinese Communist Party’s rise to power in 1949, these changes primarily concern the ways in which family members maintain bonds with each other, whereas, the institution of marriage itself, and its principal vocation, that of perpetuating the patrilineal lineage, are hardly called into question. Thus, against the thesis of the individualization of Chinese society suggested by the Sino-American anthropologist YAN Yunxiang, the analyses provided in this dissertation put forward the idea that observed changes take place within a perennial structure vis-à-vis what they are secondary. In other words, it is a "change in society" instead of a "change of society".
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Renyou Hou. L’institution du mariage et ses transformations en Chine rurale contemporaine : une enquête ethnographique sur les activités matrimoniales dans un village du Henan. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), 2018. Français. ⟨tel-02495477⟩

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