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Educating Peasants: the Beibei Public Library in Light of Chinese Rural Reconstruction, 1928–1950

Authors
  • Jiale, Ren
  • Leye, Yao
  • Chunyu, Liu
Type
Published Article
Journal
Libri
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
May 26, 2019
Volume
69
Issue
2
Pages
139–151
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/libri-2018-0047
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

The Beibei Public Library (1928–1950) dedicated itself to social education in the rural areas of Chongqing. Examining this library in light of rural reconstruction, this study considers how libraries are affected by the attitudes and behaviors of social elites, officials, government policies, wars, conventional thinking etc. The Beibei Public Library is studied in terms of three aspects: indoor service, itinerant libraries, and additional services. Moreover, this study examines how librarians catered to peasants’ needs, promoted knowledge dissemination, and helped mold new lifestyles in rural China. This case study contributes to research on Chinese rural libraries in the first half of the twentieth century.

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