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Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in China's Cultural Politics (Body, Commodity, Text)

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Minority Rules is an ethnography of a Chinese people known as the Miao, a group long consigned to the remote highlands and considered backward by other Chinese. Now the nationandrsquo;s fifth largest minority, the Miao number nearly eight million people speaking various dialects and spread out over seven provinces. In a theoretically innovative work that combines methods from both anthropology and cultural studies, Louisa Schein examines the ways Miao ethnicity is constructed and reworked by the state, by non-state elites, and by the Miao themselves, all in the context of Chinaandrsquo;s postsocialist reforms and its increasing exchange and fascination with the West. She offers eloquently argued interventions into debates over nationalism, ethnic subjectivity, and the ethnography of the state.

and#9;Posing questions about gender, cultural politics, and identity, Schein examines how non-Miao people help to create Miao ethnicity by depicting them as both feminized keepers of Chinese tradition and as exotic others against which dominant groups can assert their own modernity. In representing and consuming aspects of their own culture, Miao distance themselves from the idea that they are less than modern. Thus, Schein explains, everyday practices, village rituals, journalistic encounters, and tourism events are not just moments of cultural production but also performances of modernity through which others are made primitive. Schein finds that these moments frequently highlight internal differences among the Miao and demonstrates how not only minorities but more generally peasants and women offer a valuable key to understanding China as it renegotiates its place in the global order.

and#9;Based on extensive, multisite fieldwork, this book will interest scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, gender studies, postcolonialism, ethnic studies, and cultural studies.

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Gender, ethnicity, and nation in China, as seen through an ethnography of the changing cultural production of the Miao, a minority population.

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Thus, Schein explains, everyday practices, village rituals, journalistic encounters, and tourism events are not just moments of cultural production but also performances of modernity through which others are made primitive. Schein finds that these moments frequently highlight internal differences among the Miao and demonstrates how not only minorities but more generally peasants and women offer a valuable key to understanding China as it renegotiates its place in the global order. Based on extensive, multisite fieldwork, this book will interest scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, gender studies, post-colonialism, ethnic studies, and cultural studies.

About the Author

Louisa Schein is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822324089
Author:
Schein, Louisa
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Farquhar, Judith
Author:
Schein
Author:
Comaroff, John L.
Author:
Comaroff, Jean L.
Author:
Appadurai, Arjun
Subject:
China
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) -- China.
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 b&w photographs, 1 table, 1 map
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.48x6.44x1.33 in. 1.80 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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Gender, ethnicity, and nation in China, as seen through an ethnography of the changing cultural production of the Miao, a minority population.
"Synopsis" by , Thus, Schein explains, everyday practices, village rituals, journalistic encounters, and tourism events are not just moments of cultural production but also performances of modernity through which others are made primitive. Schein finds that these moments frequently highlight internal differences among the Miao and demonstrates how not only minorities but more generally peasants and women offer a valuable key to understanding China as it renegotiates its place in the global order. Based on extensive, multisite fieldwork, this book will interest scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, gender studies, post-colonialism, ethnic studies, and cultural studies.
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