This important study explores the multifaceted experience of Mongols in China, past and present, as their identity balances precariously between historical memory and their contemporary position as an ethnic minority. Uradyn E. Bulag assesses the intricate relationship between socialism and nationalism that generates both resistance and complicity and defines the moral dilemmas that have confronted Mongols and Chinese in negotiating nationality issues. Written by an indigenous anthropologist trained in the West, the work is informed by the author's sophisticated understanding of theory and personal sense of society and history. Breaking new ground in the study of Chinese and Mongol history and ethnicity, the author offers a fresh interpretation of China viewed from the perspective of its peripheries.
Uradyn E. Bulag is associate professor of anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia.
Chapter 1 By Way of Introduction: Minzu Tuanjie and Its Discontents Part 2 Producing and Reproducing National Unity Chapter 3 Ritualizing National Unity: Modernity at the Edge of China Chapter 4 Naturalizing National Unity: Political Romance and the Chinese Nation Part 5 Tensions of Empire Chapter 6 From Inequality to Difference: Colonial Contradictions of Class and Ethnicity in "Socialist" China Chapter 7 Rewriting "Inner Mongolian" History after the Revolution: Ethnicity, Nation, and the Struggle for Recognition Part 8 Models and Morality Chapter 9 Models and Morality: The Parable of the "Little Heroic Sisters of the Grassland" Chapter 10 The Cult of Ulanhu: History, Memory, and the Making of an Ethnic Hero