Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging by Ralph Litzinger (Paperback, 2000)
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- DescriptionIn Other Chinas Ralph A. Litzinger investigates the politics of ethnic identity in post-socialist China. By combining invative research with extensive fieldwork conducted during the late 1980s and early 1990s in south-central and southwestern China, Litzinger provides a detailed ethgraphy of the region's Yao population in order to question how mirity groups are represented in China. In particular, he focuses on how elite members of this mirity population have represented their own culture, history, and identity to a range of Chinese and Western observers. Litzinger begins by describing how during the Republican period the Yao were considered a dangerous people who preferred to consort with beasts and goblins rather than join in the making of a modern nation. He then compares this to the communist revolutionaries' view of the Yao as impressive rebels and positive examples of subaltern agency. Litzinger shows how scholars, government workers, communist party officials, and Taoist ritual specialists have influenced the varied depictions of the Yao and, in doing so, he advances a new understanding of both the Yao and the effects of official discourse, written histories, state policy, and practices of mirity empowerment. In addition to analysing issues of ritual practice, social order, morality, and the governance of ethnic populations, Litzinger considers the Yao's role in the cultural reforms of the 1980s. By distancing his study from romanticized depictions of mirities Litzinger is able to focus on how mirity representation, struggle, and agency have influenced the history of the People's Republic, cultural debates within contemporary Chinese society, and China's rapidly changing role in the global order. This book will be of interest to Asianists in both anthropology and cultural studies and should appeal more generally to scholars invested in issues of ethnic identity, mirity politics, and trans-nationalism.
- Author BiographyRalph A. Litzinger is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.
- Author(s)Ralph Litzinger
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2000
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note21 b&w photographs, 3 maps
- Weight603 g
- Width151 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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