The Rise of Competition and a Politicised Ethnicity: Ethnicity and the Demarcation of the Prefecture

  • Zhitian Guo


The second-generation cadres experienced a political administrative demarcation in 1978, which merged the old-nine counties that were dominantly Yi with Xichang region where the majority population is Han, the opening-up and the economic reforms, and there seemed to be a rise in a politicised ethnic identity. Xichang, replacing Zhaojue, became the new capital city for the prefecture. These second-generation cadres tended to view the Han as competitors, and a clearer ethnic boundary particularly in politics-related fields. Marriage and other cultural practices, especially in the urban areas of Liangshan Prefecture, demonstrate the influence of interactions among local custom, market economy and ethno-politics. The rural areas of Liangshan, on the other hand, kept many characteristics of the revolutionary period.


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  1. 1.School of SociologyCentral China Normal UniversityWuhanChina

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