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The Art of Being GovernedEveryday Politics in Late Imperial China$
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Michael Szonyi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691197241

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691197241.001.0001

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A Temple with Two Gods

A Temple with Two Gods

Managing Social Relations Between Soldier-Farmers and Local Civilians

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(p.159) Chapter Six A Temple with Two Gods
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The Art of Being Governed
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Michael Szonyi

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691197241.003.0007

This chapter shows how military households strategized within the Ming state's registration system and how their assignment to the region generated new kinds of social relations. It explains how Ming military institutions have shaped local social life over the centuries and how their legacies shape social relations even up to the present day. The chapter also discusses the variety of approaches and methods members of military households used to integrate into the existing communities around them, sometimes infiltrating and taking over existing community organizations such as temples and thereby developing and maintaining a separate communal identity within the larger society, sometimes integrating as individuals and families with that society and blending into it. It explores the families' process in moving between different regulatory systems and tried to even take over existing social organizations. A small temple in the village of Hutou provides an illustration of how these new social relations could endure.

Keywords:   military household, Ming state, social life, communal identity, regulatory system, Hutou, Ming military institutions

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