By Stevan Harrell
Drawing on vast fieldwork performed within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties in southern Sichuan, this pathbreaking learn examines the character of ethnic awareness and ethnic kinfolk between neighborhood groups, targeting the Nuosu (classified as Yi through the chinese language government), Prmi, Naze, and Han. It argues that even in the similar neighborhood social method, ethnic identification is formulated, perceived, and promoted in a different way by means of diversified groups at varied times.
Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China exemplifies a version within which ethnic attention and ethnic family encompass drawing limitations among one’s personal staff and others, crossing these barriers, and selling inner solidarity inside a bunch. Leaders and individuals of ethnic teams use commonalties and changes in historical past, tradition, and kinship to advertise inner solidarity and to reinforce or pass exterior barriers. Superimposed at the constitution of competing and cooperating neighborhood teams is a nation procedure of ethnic type and management; individuals and leaders of neighborhood teams include the program into their very own ethnic attention, co-opting or resisting it situationally.
The center of the e-book contains particular case experiences of 3 Nuosu village groups, besides reviews of Prmi and Naze groups, smaller teams similar to the Yala and Nasu, and Han chinese language who reside in minority parts. those are by way of a synthesis that compares varied configurations of ethnic identification in several groups and discusses the results of those examples for our realizing of ethnicity and for the close to way forward for China. This vigorous description and research of the region’s advanced ethnic identities and relationships constitutes an unique and critical contribution to the learn of ethnic identity.
Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China could be of curiosity to social scientists keen on problems with ethnicity and state-building.
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