Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China

ISBN-10: 0520272749
ISBN-13: 9780520272743
Edition: 2012
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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, orminzu,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 identifyingminzuand how non-Party-member Chinese ethnologists produced a "scientific" survey that would become the basis for a policy on nationalities.

Benedict R. O'G. Anderson is the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government, and Asian Studies at Cornell University. His works include Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism , L anguage and Power: Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia , and The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World .

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Identity Crisis in Postimperial China
Ethnicity as Language
Plausible Communities
The Consent of the Categorized
Counting to Fifty-Six
Conclusion: A History of the Future
Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1951, According to the Yunnan Nationalities Affairs Commission
Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1953, According to the Yunnan Nationalities Affairs Commission
Minzu Entries, 1953-1954 Census, by Population
Classification Squads, Phases One and Two
Population Sizes of Groups Researched during Phase One and Phase Two
Notes
Character Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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