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Unruly People: Crime, Community, and State in Late Imperial South China

Robert J. Antony


Unruly People shows that in mid-Qing Guangdong banditry occurred mainly in the densely populated core Canton delta where state power was strongest, challenging the conventional wisdom that banditry was most prevalent in peripheral areas. Through extensive archival research, Antony reveals that this is because the local working poor had no other options to ensure their livelihood. In 1780 the Qing government enacted the first of a series of special laws to deal specifically with Guangdong bandits who plundered on land and water. The new law was prompted by what officials described as a spiralin ... More

Keywords: South China, Crime, Qing Dynasty, Guangdong, Poverty, Social dysfunction, Criminal law, Law enforcement, State, Local

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208951
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Antony, author
Guangzhou University