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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

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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(p.1) Introduction
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Stevan Harrell

University of California Press

This chapter notes that one gets a much better idea of Yi society, culture, and especially history if one synthesizes the findings from different scholarly traditions. Second, one can learn about an example of the processes of transnationalization that must perforce reshape social and cultural scholarship in the increasingly connected world of the twenty-first century. The remainder of the chapter attempts to guide readers toward a approach to this material that may enable them to look for these kinds of insights. The chapters in this book present the Yi to the world through the voices of their own, increasingly widely broadcast and articulate local discourse, and through the voices of others who have tried to link their concern with matters Yi to the cosmopolitan discourses of social science. The book aims to provide a comprehensive picture of Yi society and culture in any language.

Keywords:   Yi, social science, transnationalization, language

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