Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2012.657151
Title: Thoughts on Four Subversive Words
Authors: Gungwu, W. 
Keywords: Anthropology
China
Civilization
Emperor-State
Imperium
Local and External Communities
Nation-State
National Empires
Subversion
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Source: Gungwu, W. (2012-04). Thoughts on Four Subversive Words. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 13 (2) : 199-210. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2012.657151
Abstract: The words empire, civilization, anthropology and China are rarely seen together. In addition, all four words are actually foreign to the Chinese language. However, when they are juxtaposed, they point to exceptional Chinese experiences with the research field and suggest that these can lead to a new understanding of what anthropology can do to illuminate ancient and modern relationships. In particular, areas between the emperor-state that shaped a civilization and the multifarious lives of communities scattered within and on the outskirts of China challenge Chinese scholars to re-examine the reach of a discipline that has long been suspect in the eyes of the authorities. © 2012 Copyright The Australian National University.
Source Title: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/114207
ISSN: 14442213
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2012.657151
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