The Chinese In Britain, 1800-present: Economy, Transnationalism, Identity

Hardcover | December 18, 2007

byG. Benton

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This study points up the complex and intricate interplay of ethnic and national identities in the lives of Chinese in Britain. A constant thread across two hundred years of Chinese presence has been the vigour of British national identity among migrants' descendants. This study argues that transnational studies reinforce essentialist conceptions of identity and of cultural authenticity in diasporic communities, and thus frustrate the promotion of ethnic co-existence and social cohesion in multi-ethnic societies.

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This study points up the complex and intricate interplay of ethnic and national identities in the lives of Chinese in Britain. A constant thread across two hundred years of Chinese presence has been the vigour of British national identity among migrants' descendants. This study argues that transnational studies reinforce essentialist c...

GREGOR BENTON is Professor of Chinese History at the University of Cardiff. EDMUND TERENCE GOMEZ is Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:486 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.05 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230522297

ISBN - 13:9780230522299

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Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction * Migration and Settlement * The Chinese Economy in Britain * Institutions and Divisions * Transnationalism * British Racism and the Shaping of the Chinese Community * Ethnic Culture and Identity * Conclusions * Appendix * Bibliography

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"This book makes a useful contribution to sociological study of ethnicity and identity formation... Recommended." —CHOICE