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Chinese Minorities at home and abroad

Michael Dillon



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17 January 2019
The classification of ethnic identities (minzu) remains controversial in China. Categories established in the 1950s are still used by the state to administer minority areas, despite the existence of a complicated web of subjective identities which potentially undermines efforts to use these categories effectively.

This book offers a new, and sometimes unusual, perspective on ethnic relations in China, and on the interactions between China and other cultures. Two major themes run through the book: the classification of ethnic minorities in China by the state, and the implications of this practice; and the way in which China and the Chinese are seen by outsiders as well as insiders. The contributors, whose research is all based on fieldwork with the relevant communities, are from a wide range of backgrounds and are currently based in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Germany. The subjects of their research are the politics of minority classification in the People's Republic of China; questions of identity in Xinjiang; Kazakhstani perceptions of China and the Chinese; Chinese Muslims in Malaysia; and the growing Chinese diaspora in Africa. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Edited by:   Michael Dillon
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780367142957
ISBN 10:   0367142953
Series:   Ethnic & Racial Studies
Pages:   132
Publication Date:   17 January 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Dillon is an independent China scholar specialising in the history, politics and society of China. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, UK; is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society; and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

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