The Lineage in Society and State

  • Hugh D. R. Baker
Part of the China in Focus book series


Although the lineage, which we have already described in some detail, was not to be found all over China, it was an extremely important form of social organization in much of south and south-eastern China:

In Kwangtung, four out of every five peasants, or more, live with their clans [lineages]. Usually one village is inhabited by one clan. Even if there is more than one clan, each clan occupies a distinct section of the village; there is hardly a mixed neighborhood. In Chao-an, for instance, nearly one-half of the villages of the entire district are inhabited by people bearing the same clan name. More than one-half of the villages of Hwei-yang are so inhabited … we can safely say that one-third of the cultivated land of the entire province is clan land.1


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© Hugh D R Baker 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh D. R. Baker
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  1. 1.Department of the Far East, School of Oriental and African StudiesUniversity of LondonUK

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