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"Ethnic Island System": An Explanatory Framework for "A Community for the Chinese Nation"

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2024.060205 | Downloads: 7 | Views: 190

Author(s)

Xian Zhang 1

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1 College of Ethnology and Sociology, Guangxi Minzu University, Nanning, China

Corresponding Author

Xian Zhang

ABSTRACT

The research on "a community for the Chinese nation" is a prominent field in current Chinese ethnology. However, the emergence of the "ethnic island theory" in the field of Chinese nation studies since the end of the last century has failed to address the issue of understanding "a community for the Chinese nation". Using the "ethnic island theory" to explain "a community for the Chinese nation" has become a beneficial attempt to expand the boundaries of this theory. This paper starts from the existing "ethnic island theory" and integrates three types of para-ethnic islands—ethnic archipelagos, ethnic peninsulas, and ethnic continents - as well as the concept of ethnic oceans outside of ethnic islands into the theoretical framework of ethnic island. By elaborating on the constitutive elements of "a community for the Chinese nation" and the systemic process within it from the perspective of the "ethnic island theory", the "ethnic island system" is proposed as an explanatory framework for "a community for the Chinese nation".

KEYWORDS

Ethnic island; Para-ethnic island; "Ethnic islands system"; "A Community for the Chinese Nation"

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Xian Zhang, "Ethnic Island System": An Explanatory Framework for "A Community for the Chinese Nation". Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2024) Vol. 6: 29-34. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23977/jsoce.2024.060205.

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