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Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in the 1980s and 1990s in southern Sichuan, this pathbreaking study examines the nature of ethnic consciousness and ethnic relations among local communities, focusing on the Nuosu (classified as Yi by the Chinese government), Prmi, Naze, and Han. It argues that even within the same regional social system, ethnic identity is formulated, perceived, and promoted differently by different communities at different times.

Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China exemplifies a model in which ethnic consciousness and ethnic relations consist of drawing boundaries between one�s own group and others, crossing those boundaries, and promoting internal unity within a group. Leaders and members of ethnic groups use commonalties and differences in history, culture, and kinship to promote internal unity and to strengthen or cross external boundaries. Superimposed on the structure of competing and cooperating local groups is a state system of ethnic classification and administration; members and leaders of local groups incorporate this system into their own ethnic consciousness, co-opting or resisting it situationally.

The heart of the book consists of detailed case studies of three Nuosu village communities, along with studies of Prmi and Naze communities, smaller groups such as the Yala and Nasu, and Han Chinese who live in minority areas. These are followed by a synthesis that compares different configurations of ethnic identity in different communities and discusses the implications of these examples for our understanding of ethnicity and for the near future of China. This lively description and analysis of the region�s complex ethnic identities and relationships constitutes an original and important contribution to the study of ethnic identity.

Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China will be of interest to social scientists concerned with issues of ethnicity and state-building.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Fm01
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  1. List of Maps
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  1. Title
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Part 1. The Political, Naturalm and Historical Setting
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  1. Dedication
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  1. 1. Some Ethnic Displays
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  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. 2. Foundations of Ethnic Identity
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  1. Maps
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  1. 3. Ethnology, Linguistics, and Politics
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 4. The Land and its History
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Part 2. Primordial Ethnicity: The Nuosu
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  1. Part 1
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  1. 5. Nuosu History and Culture
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  1. Chapter 1
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  1. 6. Mishi: A Demographically and Culturally Nuosu Community
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. 7. Baiwu: Nuosu in an Ethnic Mix
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  1. Chapter 3
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  1. 8. Manshuiwan: Nuosu Ethnicity in a Culturally Han Area
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 57-78
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  1. 9. Nuosum Yi, China, and the World
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  1. Part 2
  2. p. 79
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  1. Part 3. Historically Contingent Ethnicity: The Prmi and Naze
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 80-102
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  1. 10. The Contingent Ethnicity of the Prmi
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. 11. The Contested Identity of the Naze
  2. pp. 216-238
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 12. Representing the Naze
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. Part 4. Residual and Instrumental Ethnicity
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 13. Ethnicity and Acculturation: Some Little Groups
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  1. Part 3
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. Part 5. Default Ethnicity: The Han
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 192-215
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  1. 14. The Majority as Minority
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 216-238
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  1. Conclusion: Comparing Ways of Being Ethnic
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 239-260
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 331-339
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  1. Part 4
  2. p. 261
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 341-363
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  1. Chapter 13
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  1. Index
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  1. Part 5
  2. pp. 292-293
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  1. Chapter 14
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  1. Conclusion
  2. p. 311
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  1. Chapter 15
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295804071
Related ISBN(s)
9780295981222
MARC Record
OCLC
815969420
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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