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Author Mullaney, Thomas
Title Coming to Terms with the Nation : Ethnic Classification in Modern China
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010
©2010
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (269 pages)
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Series Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Ser. ; v.18
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Ser
Note Intro -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Tables -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Identity Crisis in Postimperial China -- 2. Ethnicity as Language -- 3. Plausible Communities -- 4. The Consent of the Categorized -- 5. Counting to Fifty-Six -- Conclusion: A History of the Future -- Appendix A: Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1951, According to the Yunnan 'Nationalities Affairs Commission -- Appendix B: Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1953, According to the Yunnan Nationalities Affairs Commission -- Appendix C: Minzu Entries, 1953-1954 Census, by Population Appendix D: Classification Squads, Phases One and Two -- Appendix D: Classification Squads, Phases One and Two -- Appendix E: Population Sizes of Groups Researched during Phase One and Phase Two -- Notes -- Character Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
China is a vast nation comprised of hundreds of distinct ethnic communities, each with its own language, history, and culture. Today the government of China recognizes just 56 ethnic nationalities, or minzu, as groups entitled to representation. This controversial new book recounts the history of the most sweeping attempt to sort and categorize the nation's enormous population: the 1954 Ethnic Classification project (minzu shibie). Thomas S. Mullaney draws on recently declassified material and extensive oral histories to describe how the communist government, in power less than a decade, launched this process in ethnically diverse Yunnan. Mullaney shows how the government drew on Republican-era scholarship for conceptual and methodological inspiration as it developed a strategy for identifying minzu and how non-Party-member Chinese ethnologists produced a "scientific" survey that would become the basis for a policy on nationalities
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Mullaney, Thomas Coming to Terms with the Nation : Ethnic Classification in Modern China Berkeley : University of California Press,c2010 9780520262782
Subject Ethnology -- China -- History -- 20th century.;Ethnicity -- China.;Minorities -- Government policy -- China.;China -- Population
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