Drawing on mostly neighborhood resources, together with neighborhood gazetteers and literati inscriptions for non secular websites, this ebook deals a entire exam of what it skill to be 'local' through the Southern music, Yuan and Ming dynasties in Ji'an prefecture (Jiangxi). It argues that 'belonging in the neighborhood' was once vital to Ji'an literati all through this era. How they completed that, even if, replaced considerably. Southern tune and Yuan literati wrote approximately spiritual websites from inside of their neighborhood groups, yet their early Ming opposite numbers wrote approximately neighborhood temples from their posts on the capital, looking to rework neighborhood websites from a distance. via the overdue Ming, temples were outdated by way of different websites of neighborhood activism, together with neighborhood compacts, lineage prefaces, and group covenants.
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