Contestation and Adaptation
The Politics of National Identity in China
Reviews and Awards
"[Han] not only provides a detailed portrayal of five ethnic groups within China but also outlines a thesis where he assesses whether an ethnic group will seek political contestation or adaptation. The book, based on his dissertation, considers the impact of two international factors in ethnic political mobilization." --China Review International factors in ethnic political mobilization.
"With extensive notes and bibliography, this is a valuable addition to the literature and belongs in college and university libraries with significant East Asian holdings." --CHOICE
"Professor Han provides a subtle and learned analysis of ethnic political mobilization and internal conflict in contemporary China. His innovative theoretical approach-combining international and domestic factors-explains why rebellion against Beijing's rule has largely been limited to two of China's many ethnic minorities. This important book will be of great interest to students of comparative politics, international relations, and Asian studies."--Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University
"Why is Chinese rule contested in Xinjiang and Tibet? In this smart, thought-provoking new book, Enze Han seeks to answer this question by exploring the international dimension in national identity contestation and adaption in China. Unlike the rich literature on domestic factors, this book breaks important new ground by demonstrating how transnational factors, namely comparative wellbeing and external support, lead many Uyghurs and Tibetans to resist Chinese sovereignty while other ethnic minority groups embrace elements of Chinese national identity."--James Leibold, La Trobe University
"... a useful addition to our understanding of the relationship between the Chinese state and its ethnic minorities." -- Martin Laflamme, Embassy of China, Beijing, China