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Autonomy, Ethnicity, and Poverty in Southwestern China

The State Turned Upside Down

Authors: Shih, C.

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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.

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Chih-yu Shih is a University Chair Professor in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.

Reviews

"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


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Performing Unity

    Shih, Chih-yu

    Pages 1-14

  • The Teleology of the State: Top-down Regional Ethnic Autonomy

    Shih, Chih-yu

    Pages 17-28

  • Performing Ethnicity: Politics of Representation in Multi-Ethnic Guilin

    Shih, Chih-yu

    Pages 29-39

  • Silencing the Poor: The Statist-Liberal Incapacity in Western Hunan

    Shih, Chih-yu

    Pages 41-71

  • The State as a Borderline Identity—Distancing the Jing Ethnicity from Vietnam

    Shih, Chih-yu

    Pages 75-94

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Autonomy, Ethnicity, and Poverty in Southwestern China
Book Subtitle
The State Turned Upside Down
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60934-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230609341
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8446-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53995-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IV, 268
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