Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

EditorJoseph Tse-hei Lee, Lida V. Nedilsky, Siu-Keung Cheung

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State management of diversity is a modern enterprise. China’s need to temper the push for national unity with policies of variety and difference is no exception.  Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics, a collection of historical and contemporary accounts of gender, ethnic, class and religious minority formation, debunks popular misconceptions about China’s highly centralized state and seemingly homogeneous society. Drawing on archival research, interviews and field work it documents how state and citizens meet in a politics of minority recognition, and so inform the growing awareness of rights in China. Rich and timely, this volume reminds everyone that China has the power not only to attract attention to itself but invite reflection back on every polity’s approach to diversity.

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State management of diversity is a modern enterprise. China’s need to temper the push for national unity with policies of variety and difference is no exception.  Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics, a collection of historical and contemporary accounts of gender, ethnic, class and religious minority formation, debunks...

Siu-Keung Cheung is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Shue Yan University in Hong Kong. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee is Professor of History at Pace University. Lida V. Nedilsky is Associate Professor of Sociology at North Park University in Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.37 × 5.72 × 0.78 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023061423X

ISBN - 13:9780230614239

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Introduction: Making Minorities in China Siu-Keung Cheung, Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Lida V. Nedilsky * Reaching out for the Ladder of Success: “Outsiders” and the Civil Examination in Late Imperial China Wing-Kin Puk * Banditry, Marginality, and Survival among the Laboring Poor in Late Imperial South China Robert J. Antony * Politics of Faith: Christian Activism and the Maoist State in South China Joseph Tse-Hei Lee * The Transnational Redress Campaign for Chinese Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence in Shanxi Province Yuki Terazawa * The Chinese Underclass and Organized Crime as a Stepladder of Social Ascent Ming Xia * Feminisation, Recognition and the Cosmological in Xishuangbanna Anouska Komlosy  * Re-Presenting Women’s Identities: Recognition and Representation of Rural Chinese Women Sharon R. Wesoky * “This Is My Mother’s Land!” An Indigenous Woman Speaks Out Siu-Keung Cheung * Making Rights Claims Visible: Intersectionality, NGO Activism, and Cultural Politics in Hong Kong Lisa Fischler * Institutionalizing the Representation of Religious Minorities in post-1997 Hong Kong Lida V. Nedilsky * The Limits of Chinese Transnationalism: The Cultural Identity of Malaysian-Chinese Students in Guangzhou Kam-Yee Law, Kim-Ming Lee

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"Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics presents an impressively broad range of topics related to minority politics in China. Bringing together the 'interest-bearing' and the 'identity forming' notions of minority, the book provides a diverse conceptualization of 'minority' in historic and present-day China."—Journal of Chinese Political Science "The volume's. . . contributors have succeeded in broadening our notion of 'minority' in China, and they provide insightful research that deserves the attention of scholars of gender and students of China's new class structure."—Ann Maxwell Hill, The Journal of Asian Studies "The term 'minority'. . . is understood to include any group that is numerically or socially lesser than the groups conceived as majorities. . . This new emphasis is welcome and timely. . . Editors and authors have certainly made a very good contribution to the scholarship on their subject."—Colin Mackerras, The China Journal "Under China's regime of graded citizenship, 'minorities' are variously defined by ethnicity, class, gender and geography. Such state-imposed labels and their marginalizing effects are being vigorously challenged by minority strategies for recognition and rights. The authors of Marginalization in China make a compelling case that the struggles of minorities are at the forefront of an emerging Chinese civil society." - Aihwa Ong, Social Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley "This book has a diversity of topics and supplies rich detail on a variety of groups in Chinese society. That is what makes it unique." - Merle Goldman, Professor Emerita of History, Boston University and Research Associate, Fairbank Center, Harvard University "Like every major society in the post-Cold War era, China struggles to find national unity in the midst of ethnic, religious, and regional diversity. This timely new book gives us a fresh look at these struggles, and new consideration of the political, social, and moral challenges they pose.It is especially valuable for providing a historical context for present-day challenges." - Richard Madsen, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and China Studies, University of California, San Diego "Marginalization in China prompts readers to rethink many central issues: how minority groups refashion state-imposed labels; how nation building is shaped by the contention between state structures and indigenous agencies; and how identity formation and interest representation are negotiated along conflicting class, gender, religious, and ethnic lines. This is a rich and thought-provoking book that should be read closely and one that deserves a wide audience." - Tak-Wing Ngo, Leiden University, The Netherlands "What makes this volume innovative is its rather broad conceptualization of 'minority.' This is one of the first English language volumes to provide a wider analytical gaze at the politics of social marginalization, making an important contribution to the academic discourse on multiculturalism." - James Leibold, Politics and Asian Studies, La Trobe University, Australia