Translated Titles

Socio-political Organization and Group Identity of the Qiang during the Han Dynasty


朱聖明(Sheng-Ming Zhu)

Key Words

羌人 ; 羌落 ; 羌聯盟 ; 羌政權 ; 族群認同 ; Qiang ; ethnic identity ; tribal alliance ; Han dynasty



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

14卷1期(2016 / 04 / 01)

Page #

1 - 37

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

The degree of cohesiveness and dispersal among the various Qiang groups in the Han dynasty varied. At that time no single political structure with decision-making authority over all of the Qiaog had emerged. Qiang groups therefore were generally able to make their own political choices about their interactions with Han. Three levels of socio- political organization developed successively and subsequently co-existed: tribal, tribal alliance, and state political authority. The sense of group identity of the Qiaog was correspondingly diverse and multi-level. In terms of political organization, social structure and ethnic identity. the situation of the Qiang in the Han period was similar to that during Shang and Zhou. Study of the modes of life of the Qiang in the Han period may help us better understand the differences with the Shang and Zhou period and the question of group identity. This will contribute to new research approaches and explanatory models for the complex ethnic ecology and political landscape in the western reaches of "Hua-Xia" in the Shang to Han period.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究