Cultural Contestation in China: Ethnicity, Identity, and the State

  • Christina Maags
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


This chapter explores how the political-administrative design of the Chinese state, characterized as “multi-level governance”, might be the cause of more subtle forms of resistance. By looking at the formulation of heritage policies of Lancang County, Christina Maags illustrates how the administrative fragmentation resulted in both administrative contestation and cultural contestation, with a threatened local identity at its core.


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  • Christina Maags
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  1. 1.SOAS University of LondonLondonUK

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