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2009 | 3(167) | 399-413
Article title

MAKING HISTORY FROM EVERYDAY LIFE OF COMMON PEOPLE: THE ORAL HISTORY STUDIES IN A CHINESE VILLAGE

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Narratives of personal histories of 'bitterness' told by peasants who refer to themselves as 'suffering people' (shouku ren) occupy a significant place in oral accounts of rural life in China in the second half of the twentieth century. They constitute both an important academic resource and an independent field of knowledge production. The social dimensions of 'suffering' establish an organic link between the everyday lives of ordinary people and broader social history, such that the deep roots of 'suffering' can only be apprehended from the perspective of social structures and power relationships. Seeing the everyday practices of ordinary peasants as an integral part of 'civilisation' links peasants' life histories with the macro processes of social history. It gives the mundane, even trivial, experiences and accounts of peasants' lives an extraordinary significance as organic components of the grand historical narrative. (In Chinese, the different words for 'suffering' are often used interchangeably. However, there are some slight distinctions between them. 'Ku'nan' generally refers to suffering and disasters that are largescale, social and common or universal; 'tongku' emphasizes feelings (ganjue) towards and about suffering, including bodily and emotional experiences; 'jiku' mostly refers to bodily suffering and sickness.)
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399-413
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  • Guo Yuhua, Department of Sociology, Qinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China
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09PLAAAA06854
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