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Cultural Dynamics and Identity Politics: Case study from the Ding Hui Lineage in South Fujian

IMG - Fan Ke
Professor Fan Ke (Nanjing University)

Date: 1 July 2019Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 1 July 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S109

Type of Event: Seminar

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This ethnographical account provides a fact of identity politics taken place in a descent group in South Fujian. The paper examines the complexity of how traditionalism, political legitimacy, and identity politics were twined together in community life. Focusing on how historical resources are managed to serve the identity politics this study exemplifies how ethnic representation was pursued as well as manifested. Through revitalization of lineage activities the community has strengthened its familism. Borrowing the concept of “the social uses of kinship” from Pierre Bourdieu, revitalizing lineage activities in a framework of minzu identity construction could be considered as reciprocal exchange taken place between traditionalism and modernity. More specifically, this is also a way stakeholders accumulating symbolical capital.


Fan Ke did his PhD in anthropology at the University of Washington. He is Professor of Anthropology and the head of Institute of Sociocultural Anthropology, Nanjing University. With field experience he has engaged in projects such as south Fujian Muslim studies, transnational adoption and globalization, he has published several books. His most recent book is Understanding Ethnic Identification: A Comparative Perspective (in Chinse). He has published over 100 articles and essays in both Chinese and English.


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Chair: Jieyu Liu (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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