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Eat Shandong: From Personal Experience to a Pedagogy of a Second Culture




By bkshelfjj - Posted on 17 November 2010 - Update on 17 November 2010

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Author: Eric Shepherd
Publisher: Foreign Language Publications
Binding: Paperback, 296pages
Summary:
This book examines the "celebratory," ritualistic and pragmatic functions that Shandong yanxi, or banquets, serve in games of gaining social status in the contemporary Shandong social milieu. Yanxi are a highly ritualized form of performance in which enormous amounts of social capital, and energy are invested. Shandong yanxi are conducted to celebrate such important social occasions as weddings and engagements; festivals; birthdays; sending a friend or relative off on a journey, and welcoming a traveler home from a journey. Although highly festive in nature, these performances play a more serious and pragmatic role in Shandong society as a field of play for the game of gaining social status.
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