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Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and SingaporeGender, Religion, Medicine and Money$
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Marjorie Topley and Jean DeBernardi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028146

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028146.001.0001

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Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore: Gender, Religion, Medicine and Money

Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore: Gender, Religion, Medicine and Money

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(p.1) Introduction Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore: Gender, Religion, Medicine and Money
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Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore
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Marjorie Topley

, Jean DeBernardi
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028146.003.0001

This book collects the published articles of Dr. Marjorie Topley, who was a pioneer in the field of social anthropology in the postwar period. Her ethnographic research in Singapore and Hong Kong sets a high standard for urban anthropology. Dr. Topley's publications reflect her training in British social anthropology, with its focus on fieldwork and detailed empirical observation. She was among the first to refine and extend those methods in the 1950s, adapting them to the study of modernizing urban settings like Singapore and Hong Kong. Her ethnographic research on the Great Way of Former Heaven sectarian movement and Cantonese women's vegetarian halls in Singapore in the 1950s was an early contribution to the study of sub-cultural groups in a complex urban society, and she asked insightful questions about the relationship between religion, secularism, and modernity. She also broke new ground in the field of Chinese medical anthropology.

Keywords:   Marjorie Topley, social anthropology, ethnographic research, Singapore, Hong Kong, urban anthropology, Great Way of Former Heaven, religion, medical anthropology

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