THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF REFORM AND THE REFORM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthropological Narratives of Recovery and Progress in China

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Annu. Rev. Anthropol. 2001. 30:139-161.”

AR Anthropol. — Abstracts: Harrell 30 (1): 139

Stevan Harrell

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-3010; e-mail:

KEY WORDS: history of anthropology, reform and opening, communities, lives, nationlism

Since the beginning of China’s Reform and Opening policy in 1978, the anthropological study of China has revived, and anthropology as a discipline has revived in China. Chinese anthropologists have become part of the world community of anthropologists. Anthropology in and about China has described a society occupied both with recovery from the cultural devastation of High Socialism and with progress toward an uncertain modernity. These narratives of recovery and progress can be followed through the anthropological study of communities