T the academic level exploring the relationship between the majority Han in China and the minorities There were several groups of Muslim minorities in the south Hui people and of course the Uighurs in the northwest Gladney really dives in and explore even the divides within the Han I got a lot of out of it and it s a good primer to perhaps how other Asian societies view minorities. Lklore and creation myths; the role of pilgrimages in constructing identities; and the impact of globalization and economic reforms on non Han
*Groups Such As The *such as the Hui In the end Gladney argues that Just As Peoples In The West Have as peoples in the West have themselves against ethnic others so too have the Chinese defined themselves against marginalized groups in their own socie.
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Gladney refers to his own work relentlessly and is constantly providing the same examples and statistics so that the book reads like previously published articles and conference papers thrown together rather than a coherent work A decent editor could have cut fifty pages and dramatically improved readability I read this book 10 ears ago as an expat living in China This was a great book Ies or gendered othersGladney locates China and Chinese culture not in
Some Unchanging Essential Chineseunchanging essential Chinese but in the context of historical and contemporary multicultural complexity He investigates how this complexity plays out among a variety of places and groups examining Representations Of Minorities And Majorities In Art of minorities and majorities in art and theme parks; the invention of fo. Gladney makes a persuasive case that minorities are central to majority Han self definition while at the same time stressing minorities are central to majority Han self definition while at the same time stressing regional differences internal to the Han that are obvious to the Chinese themselves but lost on many Western China handsPrecisely because Gladney s work is such a crucial critical intervention its disappointing that as a book Dislocating China is so poorly done. Until uite 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 minorit. " and are belied by examination of such disenfranchised groups as Muslims minorit. ,