Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects
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Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects

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Until quite recently, Western scholars have tended to accept the Chinese representation of non-Han groups as marginalized minorities. Dru C. Gladney challenges this simplistic view, arguing instead that the very oppositions of majority and minority, primitive and modern, are historically constructed and are belied by examination of such disenfranchised groups as Muslims, m...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Daniel Burton-Rose
Gladney makes a persuasive case that "minorities" are central to majority Han self-definition, while at the same time stressing the regional differences internal to the Han that are obvious to the Chinese themselves but lost on many Western "China hands."
Precisely because Gladney's work is such a crucial critical intervention its disappointing that as a book Dislocating China is so poorly done. Gladney refers to his own work relentlessly, and is constantly providing the same examples and statist...more
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