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Negotiating Ethnicity in China

Citizenship as a Response to the State

By Chih-yu Shih

© 2002 – Routledge

288 pages

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Hardback: 9780415283724
pub: 2002-05-16

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This challenging study brings together anthropology and political science to examine how ethnic minorities are constructed by the state, and how they respond to such constructions.

Disclosing endless mini negotiations between those acting in the name of the Chinese state and those carrying the images of ethnic minority, this book provides an image of the framing of ethnicity by modern state building processes. It will be of vital interest to scholars of political science, anthropology and sociology, and is essential reading to those engaged in studying Chinese society.


'An important piece of work on the study of Chinese ethnicity' - Journal of Contemporary Asia

Table of Contents

Part I: The Ethnic Economy of Citizenship: Comparison with Aboriginal Taiwan

Part II: Ethnic Sensitivity: Contingent Identities

Part III: Ethnic Traits: after Assimilation

Part IV: Ethnic Religion: the Adaptation of Islam

Part V: Ethnic Language: Educational Practices

Part VI: Ethnic Schooling: Sluggish Enrollment

About the Author

Chih-yu Shih, National Chair Professor of 2001-2003 at National Taiwan University, teaches Chines politics, cultural studies and political psychology. He received his MPP from Harvard University and Ph.D from the University of Denver. In addition to 33 Chinese books, his English publications include Collective Democracy, State and Society in China's Political Economy, Symbolic War, China's Just World and The Spirit Chinese Foreign Policy. His ethnicity is Chinese Miao.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography