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Ethnic distinctions, local meanings [electronic resource] : negotiating cultural identities in China / Mary Rack.

By: Rack, Mary.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Anthropology, culture, and society: Publisher: London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2005Description: 1 online resource (vi, 166 p.).ISBN: 9781435660663 (electronic bk.); 1435660668 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Ethnology -- China | Hmong (Asian people) | Culture | China -- Social life and customs | Social classes -- China | Ethnicity | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies | Ethnologie | MiaoGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ethnic distinctions, local meanings.DDC classification: 305.800951 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-156) and index.

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.

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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