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Until quite recently, Western scholars have tended to accept the Chinese representation of non-Han groups as marginalized minorities. Dru C. Gladney challenges this simplistic view, arguing instead that the very oppositions of majority and minority, primitive and modern, are historically constructed and are belied by examination of such disenfranchised groups as Muslims, minorities, or gendered others.

Gladney locates China and Chinese culture not in some unchanging, essential "Chinese-ness," but in the context of historical and contemporary multicultural complexity. He investigates how this complexity plays out among a variety of places and groups, examining representations of minorities and majorities in art, movies, and theme parks; the invention of folklore and creation myths; the role of pilgrimages in constructing local identities; and the impact of globalization and economic reforms on non-Han groups such as the Muslim Hui. In the end, Gladney argues that just as peoples in the West have defined themselves against ethnic others, so too have the Chinese defined themselves against marginalized groups in their own society.

About the Author

Dru C. Gladney is a professor of Asian studies and anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the author of Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic, second edition, and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality and the editor of Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the United States.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Locating and Dislocating Culture in Contemporary China

Part I. RECOGNITIONS

2. Cultural Nationalisms in Contemporary China

3. Mapping the Chinese Nation

Part II. REPRESENTATIONS

4. Making, Marking, and Marketing Identity

5. Film and Forecasting the Nation

Part III. FOLKLORIZATIONS

6. Enmeshed Civilizations

7. Localization and Transnational Pilgrimages

Part IV. ETHNICIZATIONS

8. Dialogic Identities

9. Relational Alterities

Part V. INDIGENIZATIONS

10. Ethnogenesis or Ethnogenocide?

11. Cyber-Separatism

Part VI. SOCIALIZATIONS

12. Educating China's Others

13. Subaltern Perspectives on Prosperity

Part VII. POLITICIZATIONS

14. Gulf Wars and Displaced Persons

15. Bodily Positions, Social Dispositions

16. Conclusions

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226297750
Author:
Gladney
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Gladney, Dru C.
Subject:
China
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Muslims - China - Ethnic identity
Subject:
Ethnicity -- China.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 color plates, 10 halftones
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.50 in

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