Shamans, Taxi Drivers, and Runaway Brides in Reform-Era China
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Washington Press
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Foreword by Stevan Harrell
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As China gets more and more connected with the rest of the world, and ab-sorbs and adapts more and more of today’s popular culture, it remains a mul-tiethnic and multinational country. But its ways of being multiethnic have changed greatly in the three decades and more since the beginning of the Re-form Era in 1980. As differences between ethnic groups in their everyday eco-...
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Writing a book is both a solitary and a collective project. There are many people who contributed to this work, either through their own inspirational scholarship and teaching or through reading, commenting, and discussing I wish to thank Aihwa Ong, Sherry Ortner, and the late Norma Diamond, all teachers who read and commented on earlier versions of this work. China ...
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...n the early 1990s, two important landmarks in Lijiang Town1 faced each other across a large plaza bisected by the town’s main road. One was an iconic statue of Chairman Mao, some forty-five feet high and set atop an imposing twenty-five-foot pedestal. Mao stood with his arm raised, his hand reaching outward and his fingers pointing toward the sky. The ...
1. The Maoist Shaman and the Madman
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...onto local ritual structure in a context in which there had once the agency of the shaman in creating a syncretic form of ritual immediately debated the merits of the ritual and ultimately assessed it to be a failure. However, whether a ritual is socially judged a success or a failure should not be the primary criterion for its examination; of greater interest is ...
2. Dongba Culture and the Authenticization of Marginality
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...century, virtually everyone in Lijiang Town and in the rural vil-dren learn about dongba culture in their schools, and it is used Lijiang’s tourism-dependent economy. It is the state’s plan to part of the vocabulary identifying Lijiang’s distinctiveness, the Naxi, has also had the unintended consequence, through its interpreta-...
3. Ethnicizing Myth, Bride Abduction, and Elopement
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...“Coqbbersa,” a story that tells of the marriage between Cei-lowing oral version from Pagoda Hill Village, in one of Lijiang Prefecture’s western mountain districts, is still recited today:time. After the third time, she realized there was no escape and that she Because Ceiheeqbbubbeqmil needed to fly up to heaven to tell her ...
4. Biopolitics: Fox Stench, Gender Boundaries, and the Moral Economy of Postsocialism
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...4 BiopoliticSfox Stench, Gender BoundarieS, and the moral economy of poStSocialiSmby bicycle or on foot. By 1997, more than seven hundred taxis were operat-ing in this town of only about three square miles. The large number of taxis, one of the most conspicuous changes, was touted as evidence of “modern-ization” in Lijiang. In particular, the large number of women drivers, rare in ...
5. Marketing Difference: Dog Meat, Court Cases, and Ethnopreneurs
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...“dog meat” has variously referred to: an inexpensive cut of friend. These multiple meanings of “dog meat” index the lay-ered subjectivities that narrate Lijiang’s transformation from figure in the Lijiang arts scene.1 The case involved a scholarly in the journal Arts Criticism (Yishu pinglun) (2003).2 The article, ...
Conclusion. Forgetting the Madman and Remembering the Ancient Tea Horse Road
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...ince the 1990s, policies instituted by the Chinese state have shaped how Lijiang actors interpret and craft their identities and prac-tices. A decade after the dismantling of collectivized agriculture, residents of East Wind Village still puzzle over who or what was Throughout reform-era China, urban and rural populations had come to ...
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Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China / A China Program Book
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Stevan Harrell