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Assimilation into Mulao Consciousness: The Rise of Participatory Rigor in Luocheng

  • Chih-yu Shih

Abstract

This chapter presents the possibility in which the acquiring of ethninc autonomous status enhances the participatory rigor of the local communities in reform that is embedded in a seemingly unrelated property rights arrangement and marketization. Property rights reform is a popular subject in Chinese studies, but this topic will not be addressed in this book. Instead, given the property rights reform, this chapter attends to the cultural capability of the ethnic Mulao community to adapt to it. This cultural capability to adapt to political economic changes is noticeably lacking in most other ethnic communities.

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Ethnic Identity Ethnic Community Education Official Autonomous Status Autonomous Prefecture 
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    The recognition of those purposes outside of the mainstream discourse on institutional reform constitutes a philosophical proposition that attends to the factor of undecidability of human decision. For more discussion, see Michael J. Shapiro, “The Ethics of Encounter,” in Moral Spaces , ed. D. Campbell and M. J. Shapiro (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999), 57–91.Google Scholar
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    Unless otherwise noted, all the interpretations of field experiences in the following discussion are drawn from Chih-yu Shih, Negotiating Ethnicity in China: Citizenship as a Response to the State (London: Routledge, 2002).Google Scholar
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    This is ironic in light of the publication of books on Mulao ethnicity one after another; see, for example, Luo Shiqing (ed.), Guizhou Mulao Nationality ([Guizhou Mulao zu]) (Guiyang: Bureau of Legal and Political Affairs of Commission of Civil Affairs, Guizhou, 1997);Google Scholar
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