The Reconstruction of Rural Residents’ Knowledge Systems during Modernization: A Case Study of Livelihood Transition in Shuiluopo Town in Northern China

Feng Fan (Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University )

Since China's modernization in the 1970s, the livelihood of Shuiluopo's rural residents, located in northern China, has evolved from traditional agriculture to the "recycling/selling used items", and eventually expanded into the furniture e-commerce. This process demonstrates how rural residents adapt to the challenges of modernity by utilizing modern life knowledge and practical experience to construct and update their knowledge systems. Traditional cultural elements, such as the sense of attachment to the land, may undergo selection and reconstruction, but consistently exert a crucial role. Folklore studies should concentrate on the everyday life and production of the populace, exploring how they reconstruct their knowledge systems in contemporary society, face challenges, and draw inspiration from their traditions to promote development.

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