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Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas S Mullaney pdf download. When considering the fairly recent rise of “identity politics:’ in which one can easily get the impression that a person’s “identity” has usurped his or her “soul:’ it is useful to recall that it is strictly laic and relational, rather than metaphysical and absolute.

Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas S Mullaney pdf free download

An identity is a naive or strategic response to an external enquiry, and its content necessarily determined by who asks the questions, when and where, and what the answerer imagines he or she can guess about the kind of answer that is expected or demanded. Asked by a Bangkok interviewer “who” he is, a citizen of Thailand is unlikely to answer “a Thai:’ ”A southerner” is much more likely. But “a Thai”
would be the right answer to immigration officials in Tokyo. The same man, happening to spend time in Indiana, is likely to say ‘Tm an Asian:’ if he had reason to suppose that the local Indianans he meets have never heard of Thailand.

Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas S Mullaney pdf free download

He is in “their country:’ a very powerful one, and he feels he needs to adapt to their expectations. He will never speak of himself as an Asian in his own country. “The oncoming 220th anniversary of the institution of the census in 2010 is a good moment for reflecting on its checkered history and Janus-like character. One face, signifying human progress and the advance of democracy, was there at the start. In 1790, the infant American republic was the first state to experiment with it.

Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas S Mullaney pdf free download

It was understood as necessary for the republican project in which citizens, not monarchs, were to be sovereign, and their preferred leaders to be elected. The census was seen as essential for a fair electoral system, even if women were barred from voting for
another almost 130 years, and till 18 so were not even tallied, since they could not be household heads, which was the target of the counting. To soothe the South, male black slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person; even if they could not vote, their numbers gave their masters a greater number of seats in the legislature.

Coming to Terms with the Nation Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas S Mullaney pdf free download

But the logic of the election-connected census pointed ahead to successive stages of emancipation, not completed till the 1960s. The American example was first copied in Europe (over the next decade) by the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France, all then run by oligarchies, but with political progress up ahead. It is significant ofthis electoral thrust that the American Bureau of the Census was not installed as a permanent, ceaselessly laboring arm of the state until 1902.

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