Coming to Terms with the Nation : Ethnic Classification in Modern China / Thomas Mullaney.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
- Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes ; 18
1 online resource (256 pages)
- Ethnicity -- China.
Ethnology -- History -- 20th century -- China.
Ethnology -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Minorities -- China.
Minorities -- Government policy -- China.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- China is a vast nation comprised of hundreds of distinct ethnic communities, each with its own language, history, and culture. Today the government of China recognizes just 56 ethnic nationalities, or minzu, as groups entitled to representation. This controversial new book recounts the history of the most sweeping attempt to sort and categorize the nation's enormous population: the 1954 Ethnic Classification project (minzu shibie). Thomas S. Mullaney draws on recently declassified material and extensive oral histories to describe how the communist government, in power less than a decade, launched this process in ethnically diverse Yunnan. Mullaney shows how the government drew on Republican-era scholarship for conceptual and methodological inspiration as it developed a strategy for identifying minzu and how non-Party-member Chinese ethnologists produced a "scientific" survey that would become the basis for a policy on nationalities.
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
1. identity Crisis in Postimperial China
2. Ethnicity as Language
3. Plausible Communities
4. The Consent of the Categorized
5. Counting to Fifty-six
Conclusion: A history of the Future
Appendix A: Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1951, According to the Yunnan Nationalities Affairs Commission
Appendix B: Ethnotaxonomy of Yunnan, 1953, According to the Yunnan Nationalities Affairs Commission
Appendix C: Minzu Entries, 1953-1954 Census, by Population
Appendix D: Classification Squads, Phases One and Two
Appendix E: Population Sizes of Groups Researched during Phase One and Phase Two
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520947634 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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