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Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China
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Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China: The Traditional Land Law of Hong Kong's New Territories, 1744-1948

Patrick H. Hase


Land was always at the centre of life in Hong Kong's rural New Territories: it sustained livelihoods and lineages and, for some, was a route to power. Villagers managed their land according to customs that were often at odds with formal Chinese law. British rule, 1898–1997, added complications by assimilating traditional practices into a Western legal system. Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China explores land ownership in the New Territories, analysing over a hundred surviving land deeds from the late Ch'ing Dynasty to recent times, which are transcribed in full and translated into ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, New Territories, Customary Land Law, Western Legal System, Land Deeds, Ch’ing Dynasty Qing Dynasty, Traditional village life, Urbanisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139088
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick H. Hase, author