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By Mary Rack

This leading edge ebook explores the way in which Western anthropologists use experiences of ethnicity to 'interpret' neighborhood cultures. Mary Rack increases severe matters approximately ethnic classifications and how they're used, making this a booklet that would be helpful for all scholars of ethnicity.Overturning the generalising traits attribute of vintage anthropology, Rack demonstrates that ethnic classifications have little to do with the self-perceptions of these involved –– and every little thing to do with political and highbrow elites. targeting a rural quarter of south China, Rack indicates how so-called ethnic minority cultural occasions became events for the exploration of non-public id via city elites. She means that, traditionally, ethnic classifications have been drawn up because of elite main issue to illustrate the lifestyles of a contrasting homogeneous and greater civilisation. This research sheds new mild at the ways that Western anthropologists deal with ethnicity and ethnic distinction extra more often than not.

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