China off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom

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Blum (anthropology) and Jensen (East Asian languages and literature, both at the U. of Notre Dame) have collected 17 articles and chapters (many of which they've abridged) to create a reader for the undergraduate classroom. The readings are divided into groups that consider China's geographical, economic, social, religious, and cultural margins. Each section is preceded by an introduction by the editors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824823351
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Sovereignty and Citizenship in a Decentered China
1 Introduction: Reconsidering the Middle Kingdom 1
2 How Much of China Is Ruled by Beijing? 25
3 Symbols of Southern Identity: Rivaling Unitary Nationalism 31
4 The Languages of China 45
5 Chinese Turkestan: Xinjiang 71
6 Ethnoreligious Resurgence in a Northwestern Sufi Community 106
7 Town and Village Naxi Identities in the Lijiang Basin 131
8 Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity in Kunming 148
9 The Construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese Identities 167
10 The Secret History of the Hakkas: The Chinese Revolution as a Hakka Enterprise 185
11 Sexual Behavior in Modern China 221
12 The Cut Sleeve Revisited: A Contemporary Account of Male Homosexuality 238
13 "The Moon Reflecting the Sunlight": The Village Woman 249
14 The Floating Population in the Cities: Markets, Migration, and the Prospects for Citizenship 273
15 The Politics of Popular Music in Post-Tiananmen China 291
16 Magic, Science, and Qigong in Contemporary China 311
17 The Spirits of Reform: The Power of Belief in Northern China 323
Afterword: Centers and Peripheries, Nation and World 341
Notes 347
Bibliography 365
Contributors 387
Index 389
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