Changing Ethnicity: Ethnicity, Everyday Life and Social Change

  • Zhitian Guo


This chapter covers the relevant literature of ethnicity, and establishes a theoretical framework to understand local cadres’ ethnicity in everyday life. It first reviews the mainstream theoretical approaches in ethnicity, and turns to an everyday ethnicity agenda. Then it introduces the investigations of Chinese ethnicity and ethnic cadres. Highlighting the importance of politics in ethnicity, it shows how a study of ethnic cadres would contribute to the understanding of ethno-politics in China. Finally, it looks at the Yi in Liangshan—a populous but not very prominent and visible ethnic minority group comparing with the Tibetan, the Uyghurs and the Hui—and explains the concept of generation in relation to the local chronological framework which establishes the analytical framework for the following analyses.


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