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Autonomy, Ethnicity, and Poverty in Southwestern China: The State Turned Upside Down (Hardback)
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Autonomy, Ethnicity, and Poverty in Southwestern China: The State Turned Upside Down (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 01/07/2008
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The Chinese state reaches out to ethnic communities in three different channels of autonomy, ethnicity, and poverty. However, each of these channels designates a submissive position to ethnic citizenship. Amidst theoretical uncertainty on how the state has affected local communities, ethnic minorities can develop subjectivity. Through this, they can sincerely participate in the state's policy agenda, conveniently incorporate the state into the ethnic identity, give feedback to the state within the framework of official discourse, or hide behind the state to evade ethnic identification. Rather than finding a life outside the state, the ethnic communities can, in one way or another, position themselves inside the state.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403984463
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 475 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm


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"Shih s fascinating book examines the interplay of the Chinese state and ethnic groups to show a complex relationship of cultural governance and resistance. Drawing on years of fieldwork in South China, Shih charts how ethnic subjectivities take shape with state power, occasionally against it, and often alongside it." - William A. Callahan, Chair of International Politics, University of Manchester and Co-Director of the British Inter-University China Centre

"Chih-yu Shih is a pioneering figure in the study of contemporary Chinese politics. The conceptual innovativeness and empirical richness of his writing has consistently placed his work at the cutting edge of the field. The study of minority nationalities forwarded in this book is sure to further cement such a reputation. Professor Shih convincingly challenges much of the existing conventional wisdom about the contemporary relationship which between minorities and the contemporary Chinese state."

- Allen Carlson, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

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