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Ethnic distinctions, local meanings : negotiating cultural identities in China

Author: Mary Rack
Publisher: London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2005.
Series: Anthropology, culture, and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on a rural area of south China, Rack shows how so-called ethnic minority cultural events have become occasions for the exploration of personal identity by urban elites. She suggests that, historically, ethnic classifications were drawn up as a result of elite concern to demonstrate the existence of a contrasting homogeneous and superior civilization.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rack, Mary.
Ethnic distinctions, local meanings.
London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2005
(OCoLC)706022853
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Rack
ISBN: 0745319394 9780745319391 0745319386 9780745319384
OCLC Number: 60578581
Description: vi, 166 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Where are the Miao? --
Miao rebels and 'common ground' --
Multiple meanings of the Miao --
The rituals of New Year --
Authority and the local --
Conflict at the Temple of the Celestial Kings --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Anthropology, culture, and society.
Responsibility: Mary Rack.

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A study of ethnicity and ethnic classifications in a rural area of south China, overturning many of the generalising tendencies characteristic of 'orthodox' anthropology.  Read more...

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