De-Politicization of Ethnic Questions in China by Lizhong Xie

By Lizhong Xie

De-politicizing problems with ethnicity is a brand new theoretical method of learn ethnic questions actively propounded and elaborated by means of Professor Ma Rong of Sociology division of Peking collage long ago ten years. within the fresh years, this theoretical strategy has aroused biggish responses from the tutorial group in Mainland China, the appropriate executive departments, and most people. it really is prone to elicit energetic discussions within the years forward.

The booklet comprises 8 chosen chapters which characterize the most contributions to the talk. the 1st bankruptcy by means of Ma Rong is the main paper the place in he lays out his major principles and arguments. the rest chapters care for either confident and unfavorable responses to the 1st bankruptcy, and his replies to them.

Readership: lecturers, graduates, undergraduate scholars, and execs attracted to China's ethnic matters and de-politicization problems with ethnicity.

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S. also implements powerful measures for a “unified national culture”. For example, the most popular language in public is English. Fundamental values and norms of behavior — the core of culture — are also shaped by mainstream society. In fact, members of minority groups will hardly advance in society unless they learn English. S. Census reported their racial status with two or more races, 823 respondents even reported six races in their census reports of racial/ethnic status (Farley and Haaga, 2005, p.

But this approach can be applied to the period after the 1911 revolution and even to that after the 1950s. November 21, 2013 14:8 20 9in x 6in De-Politicization of Ethnic Questions in China b1561-ch01 De-Politicization of Ethnic Questions in China During the Republican period, Chiang Kaishek followed the “culturalist” framework and denied Mongol, Tibetan, Hui, etc. status as “nationalities/nations”, considering these groups as tribes of the Chinese nation. He emphasized that China should be “one nation and one leadership”.

Rothschild (1981, pp. 6–7) states further, Many observers, indeed, have been so fascinated and/or alarmed by this initially destabilizing impact of freshly politicized ethnicity that they have interpreted it as launching an absolutist, zero-sum type of politics over uncompromisable values and rights (for example, to selfdetermination, group status, territorial control) and, hence, as more dangerous to civic order than class and functional interest-group politics are . . More seriously, it is also true that the energies of ethnic politics have sometimes produced catastrophic violence.

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