Urbanizing minority Minzu in the PRC: insights from the literature on settler colonialism

Wang, Ju-Han Zoe, and Roche, Gerald (2021) Urbanizing minority Minzu in the PRC: insights from the literature on settler colonialism. Modern China. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article provides a synthesis and critical review of the literature on urban minority minzu 民族 in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The vast majority of the Chinese-language literature on minorities in cities adopts a state-centric view through the lens of stability and integration, focusing on how minorities can adapt to urban life for the purpose of creating a “harmonized” society. This statist narrative not only denies the subjectivity of minorities in the city but also constrains the understandings of the dynamics of urban indigeneity. In this article, we draw on the literature of urban Indigenous peoples in settler colonial contexts to suggest new ways of examining the urban experience of minority minzu in the PRC. We suggest that this literature provides useful insights that help center the subjectivities and agency of Indigenous people in the PRC’s cities. Literature on urban minorities in the PRC can be expanded by engaging with the Indigenous

Item ID: 67982
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0097-7004
Keywords: minorities, indigeneity, urbanization, People’s Republic of China
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2021
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 01:14
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449901 Studies of Asian society @ 80%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4519 Other Indigenous data, methodologies and global Indigenous studies > 451999 Other Indigenous data, methodologies and global Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 100%
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