Society and Identity
Recent studies in the social history of ethnic minorities have called for a new understanding of the relationship between global histories and regional priorities, as well as of new ideologies and everyday religious experience. This panel addresses these concerns in the context of Naxi, Tibetan, and Yao societies in Southwest China where old and new forms of governance compete and merge. The panel of four papers focuses on the politics of religion and in particular on the ways in which, from a state perspective, three ethnic others experience and reproduce hybridized forms of religious life. The panel aims to explore how the marginalized ethnic others of China were and are still engaging with changing religious ideologies and practices. The theoretical frame draws on the anthropological study of “other”, which incorporates subjectivity as an essential element.