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This ethnography explores contemporary narratives of “Han-ness,” revealing the nuances of what Han identity means today in relation to that of the fifty-five officially recognized minority ethnic groups in China, as well as in relation to home place identities and the country’s national identity. Based on research she conducted among native and migrant Han in Shanghai and Beijing, Aqsu (in Xinjiang), and the Sichuan-Yunnan border area, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi uncovers and discusses these identity topographies. Bringing into focus the Han majority, which has long acted as an unexamined backdrop to ethnic minorities, Joniak-Lüthi contributes to the emerging field of critical Han studies as she considers how the Han describe themselves—particularly what unites and divides them—as well as the functions of Han identity and the processes through which it is maintained and reproduced. The Han will appeal to scholars and students of contemporary China, anthropology, and ethnic and cultural studies.

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  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Foreword
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  1. 1. Narrating “the Han”
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 2. Contemporary Narratives of Han-ness
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 3. Topographies of Identity
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  1. 1 - Narrating “the Han”
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  1. 4. Othering, Exclusion, and Discrimination
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  1. 2 - Contemporary Narratives of Han-ness
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  1. 5. Fragmented Identities, the Han Minzu, and Ethnicity
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  1. 3 - Topographies of Identity
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  1. 4 - Othering, Exclusion, and Discrimination
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  1. 5 - Fragmented Identities, the Han Minzu, and Ethnicity
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Characters
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  1. Index
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Characters
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  1. Other Works in the Series
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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  1. Studies
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295805979
Related ISBN
9780295994673
MARC Record
OCLC
910823885
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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