Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - 302 pages
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Uradyn Bulag presents a unique study of what it means to be Mongolian today. Mongolian nationalism, emerging from a Soviet-dominated past and facing a Chinese-threatened future, has led its adherents to stress purity in an effort to curb the outside influences on Mongolian culture andidentity. This sort of nationalism views the Halh (the 'indigenous' Mongols) as 'pure' Mongols, and other Mongol groups as 'impure'. This Halh-centrism excites and exploits fears that Mongolia will be swallowed by China; it stands in opposition to pan-Mongolism, the view that links between Mongolsof all kinds should be strengthened. Bulag draws on an abundance of illuminating research findings to argue that Mongols are facing a choice between a purist, racialized nationalism, inherited from Soviet discourses of nationalism, and a more open, adaptive nationalism which accepts diversity,hybridity, and multiculturalism. He calls into question the idea of Mongolia as a homogeneous place and people, and urges that unity should be sought through acknowledgement of diversity.
 

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Contents

The Creation of Ethnicity and Nationalism
27
Ethnopolitics in Mongolia
64
Prohlems of Biological Reproduction and
104
The Discourse of Race in Mongolia
135
Inner Mongols as Other to Mongols
171
Reinitiating
215
Nationalism and Hyhridity
259
Bihliography
274
Index
297
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Uradyn E. Bulag, Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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