Folk Literature Traditions and Rural Social Governance: The Case of Huaiyang District of Zhoukou, Henan Province


Qian Xu (Beijing Normal University)

Recently, Chinese poverty alleviation project ended and every township and village in Huaiyang District was got out of poverty thanks to the efforts of many people. Huaiyang District has tried to restore the political ecology and improve villagers' self-governance to solve some rural social problems. In these grassroots efforts, the local folklore traditions can often be seen. These traditions are reflected in folklore forms such as stories, songs, ballads and folk art, which play a communicative, propaganda and organisational role and are commonly and naturally utilised by local grassroots village cadres, the communist party members and common villagers, forming the framework for their actions. This paper intends to analyse the practice by which folklore traditions are utilised and attempt a folkloristic interpretation of them, using the social governance of several villages in Huaiyang District as an example.

Part of 28-01 Field Studies on Traditions and Politics in Rural China, Tuesday, October 19, 8:45 pm–10:15 pm