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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Stevan Harrell


Nearly seven million Yi people live in Southwest China, but most educated people outside China have never heard of them. This book, which brings this little-known part of the world to life, is a collection of work by both Yi and foreign scholars describing their history, traditional society, and recent social changes. In addition to being an ethnographic study, it is also an experiment in communication among three discourses: the cosmopolitan disciplines of history and the social sciences, the Chinese discourse of ethnology and ethnohistory, and the Yi folk discourse of genealogy and ritual. T ... More

Keywords: Yi, Southwest China, traditional society, social changes, communication, genealogy, ritual

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001


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Stevan Harrell, editor

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Stevan Harrell

Part I The Yi in History

Part II Nuosu Society in Liangshan

Part III Yi Society in Yunnan

Part IV The Yi Today