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Music And Male Bonding In Ming China

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This chapter presents three case studies of Ming men making music and bonding with male friends. To highlight the expressive, cultural, and social significance of music, the chapter postulates that music catalyzed male bonding in Ming China by providing a tool, a site, and a process for Ming men to express and negotiate their masculine desires, identities, and roles. The three types of male bonding also heuristically suggest the following operational principles, which seldom function in isolation-and this is why male bonding in Ming China and elsewhere resists simplistic analysis and characterization. Such intellectual and elitist bonding is, of course, only one among innumerable possibilities of male friendship in Ming China.

Keywords: male bonding; ming china; music



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