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Nationalities Conflict and Ethnicity in the People's Republic of China, with Special Reference to the Yi in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture

Thomas Heberer

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219885.003.0014
Nationalities Conflict and Ethnicity in the People's Republic of China, with Special Reference to the Yi in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture

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This chapter discusses the contradictions between the idea of local autonomy for China's minority peoples and the economic and policy imperatives of a centralizing government and Party. Dealing specifically with the case of Liangshan Prefecture, it shows how the current Autonomy Law is a law without teeth, a statement of principles without any measures for enforcement, and how, in the absence of enforcement, the problems of a colony-like extractive economy and massive Han migration shed doubt on the future possibility of real local control of local resources.

Keywords: local autonomy; China's minority; centralizing government; Liangshan Prefecture; Autonomy Law; enforcement; massive Han migration

Chapter.  10454 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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