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China Inside Out
Contemporary Chinese Nationalism and Transnationalism

The editors:

Pál Nyíri is currently a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Joana Breidenbach is an anthropologist and journalist based in Berlin.

The "war on terror" has generated a scramble for expertise on Islamic or Asian "culture" and revived support for area studies, but it has done so at the cost of reviving the kinds of dangerous generalizations that area studies have rightly been accused of. This book provides a much-needed perspective on area studies, a perspective that is attentive to both manifestations of "traditional culture" and the new global relationships in which they are being played out. The authors shake off the shackles of the orientalist legacy but retain a close reading of local processes. They challenge the boundaries of China and question its study from different perspectives, but believe that area studies have a role to play if their geographies are studied according to certain common problems.
In the case of China, the book shows the diverse array of critical but solidly grounded research approaches that can be used in studying a society. Its approach neither trivializes nor dismisses the elusive effects of culture, and it pays attention to both the state and the multiplicity of voices that challenge it.

Overview Modules Anthropological Concepts for the Study of Nationalism, Aihwa Ong; The Legacy of Empires and Nations in East Asia, Prasenjit Duara; Researching Chinese Nationalism: The Foreign Relations Dimension, Daojiong Zha; On the Periphery of the "Clash of Civilizations?" Discourse and Geopolitics in Russo-Chinese Relations, Alexander V. Lomanov; Approaches to Transnationalism and Diaspora Research: Researching the Hmong Diaspora's Longing for a Chinese Homeland, Louisa Schein; The "New Migrant": State and Market Constructions of Modernity and Patriotism, Pál Nyíri; Race in China, Frank Dikötter; Outside In: Sino-Burmese Encounters, Penny Edwards; Alterity Motives, Dru C. Gladney; The Contemporary Intellectual Context of the China Inside Out Project, George E. Marcus. Glossary Index

368 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-14-1 paperback $24.95 / €21.95 / £18.99