Empire and Identity in Guizhou

Local Resistance to Qing Expansion

Jodi L. Weinstein

  • Published: December 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies, Anthropology, History
  • Bibliographic information: 208 pp., 3 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Series: Studies on Ethnic Groups in China
  • Contents

This historical investigation describes the Qing imperial authorities' attempts to consolidate control over the Zhongjia, a non-Han population, in eighteenth-century Guizhou, a poor, remote, and environmentally harsh province in Southwest China. Far from submitting peaceably to the state's quest for hegemony, the locals clung steadfastly to livelihood choices-chiefly illegal activities such as robbery, raiding, and banditry-that had played an integral role in their cultural and economic survival. Using archival materials, indigenous folk narratives, and ethnographic research, Jodi Weinstein shows how these seemingly subordinate populations challenged state power.
Jodi L. Weinstein teaches history at The College of New Jersey.
Foreword by Stevan Harrell

1. Guizhou and the Livelihoods Approach to Zhongjia History

2. Natural, Human, and Historical Landscapes

3. The Consolidation of Qing Rule

4. Livelihood Choices in the Mid-Eighteenth Century

5. The Nanlong Uprising of 1797

6. A Legacy of Fragile Hegemony

Chinese Glossary

"Using archival sources, recent Chinese-language histories, and Zhongjia folklore, Weinstein gives a detailed account of a 1797 uprising. She argues that Zhongjia actions can best be understood as 'livelihood' strategies . . .The conclusion summarizes this argument and reflects on the hierarchy of ethnic groups under the Qing."