Dr. Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University will present:
“Weddings in Shanghai: Performing Happiness and Re-Verticalizing Kinship”
Weddings in Shanghai are often lavish and involve multiple rituals
from early morning tea ceremonies to raucous toasting displays at
evening banquets. However, close observation of the ceremonies
and extended interviews with brides, grooms, and their parents
reveal much more than a competitive display of conspicuous
consumption. Rather close study of the multiple performances of
gratitude and devotion document both the enduring centrality of
filiality and newly intensified vertical ties of affection and
loyalty between parents and their adult only child.
Emory University, White Hall Room 112
4:00 pm, Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018
Note that Dr. Davis will give a second lecture at Georgia Tech on Sept. 25th, 4:00 pm.