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China Off Center
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China Off Center takes as its fundamental assumption that contemporary China can only be understood as a complex, decentralized place, where the view from above (Beijing) and from tourist buses is a skewed one. Instead of generalizing about China, it demonstrates that this diverse national terrain is better conceived as it is experienced by Chinese, as a set of many Chinas. To that end, this anthology of interpretive essays and ethnographic reports focuses on the everyday, the particular, the local, and the puzzling. Together with contextualizing introductions, the readings provide students with a compelling look at some little-known but significant aspects of China from the past decade; for those already familiar with China, they furnish an assortment of uncommon viewpoints in a single, convenient volume.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Reconsidering the Middle Kingdom
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I. THE CENTER AND THE NONCENTER
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 2. How Much of China Is Ruled by Beijing?
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. 3. Symbols of Southern Identity: Rivaling Unitary Nationalism
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 4. The Languages of China
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. Part II. Geographic Margins
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. NORTHWEST
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. 5. Chinese Turkestan: Xinjiang
  2. pp. 71-105
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  1. 6. Ethnoreligious Resurgence in a Northwestern Sufi Community
  2. pp. 106-126
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  1. SOUTHWEST AND THE DIASPORA
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. 7. Town and Village Naxi Identities in the Lijiang Basin
  2. pp. 131-147
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  1. 8. Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity in Kunming
  2. pp. 148-166
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  1. 9. The Construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese Identities
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. 10. The Secret History of the Hakkas: The Chinese Revolution as a Hakka Enterprise
  2. pp. 185-213
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  1. Part III. Social and Cultural Margins
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. SEXUALITY
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. 11. Sexual Behavior in Modern China
  2. pp. 221-237
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  1. 12. The Cut Sleeve Revisited: A Contemporary Account of Male Homosexuality
  2. pp. 238-246
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  1. GENDER AND WORK
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. 13. “The Moon Reflecting the Sunlight”: The Village Woman
  2. pp. 249-269
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  1. ECONOMIC MARGINS
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. 14. The Floating Population in the Cities: Markets, Migration, and the Prospects for Citizenship
  2. pp. 273-288
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  1. POPULAR CULTURE: ROCK AND ROLL
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. 15. The Politics of Popular Music in Post-Tiananmen China
  2. pp. 291-307
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  1. SPIRITUAL LIFE
  2. pp. 309-310
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  1. 16. Magic, Science, and Qigong in Contemporary China
  2. pp. 311-322
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  1. 17. The Spirits of Reform: The Power of Belief in Northern China
  2. pp. 323-340
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  1. Afterword: Centers and Peripheries, Nation and World
  2. pp. 341-345
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 347-363
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 365-385
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 387
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 389-402
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