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Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China

Edited by Xiaowei Zang, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
This much-needed volume explains who ethnic minorities are and how well do they do in China. In addition to offering general information about ethnic minority groups in China, it discusses some important issues around ethnicity, including ethnic inequality, minority rights, and multiculturalism. Drawing on insights and perspectives from scholars in different continents the contributions provide critical reflections on where the field has been and where it is going, offering readers possible directions for future research on minority ethnicity in China. The Handbook reviews research and addresses key conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in the study of ethnicity in China.
Extent: 544 pp
Hardback Price: $250.00 Web: $225.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 735 3
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This much-needed volume explains who ethnic minorities are and how well they do in China. In addition to offering general information about ethnic minority groups in China, it discusses some important issues around ethnicity, including ethnic inequality, minority rights, and multiculturalism. In doing so, it explores questions such as: How are ethnic minorities represented in China? Are ethnic minorities’ gender norms different from those of Han Chinese? How serious is ethnic inequality in education and income? How well are minority cultures and languages preserved in China? Are ethnic minorities marginalized amid China’s rapid economic growth? In what ways do China’s ethnic policy affect its foreign policy and international relations?

The Handbook reviews research on major ethnic issues in China and addresses some key conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in the study of ethnicity in China. It offers updated research findings on minority ethnicity, consolidates knowledge scattered in different disciplines in the existing literature and provides readers with a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted coverage in one single volume. Drawing on insights and perspectives from scholars in different continents the contributions provide critical reflections on where the field has been and where it is going, offering readers possible directions for future research on minority ethnicity in China.

The Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China is an up-to-date, comprehensive, and convenient reference, ideal for teaching and research on ethnic minorities in China.

‘This Handbook consists of thoughtful, mostly excellent essays on aspects of Chinese government policy towards minorities, and the representations of minorities in official and unofficial discourse. The essays concentrate well-integrated information into a small space.’
– E.N. Anderson, Choice

‘Among the recent works on ethnicity in China, few are as encompassing as the Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China. Apart from containing a wide range of relevant topics covered by leading scholars in their sub-fields and presenting a spectrum of perspectives, the Handbook is accessible to readers well beyond the corps of specialists. Its articles will not only inform future scholarship, but will also provide students, journalists, policy-makers and others with an empirically-based and theoretically-informed introduction to key issues.’
– Barry Sautman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Contributors: Y. Chen, M. Clarke, M. Dillon, S. Du, B. Gustafsson, W. Jankowiak, H. Lai, K.Y. Law, K.-m. Lee, J. Leibold, Y. Luo, J. Ma, C. Mackerras, T. Oakes, L. Schein, B. Shurentana, B.R. Weiner, X. Zang, M. Zhou
Contents:

1. Introduction: Who are ethnic minorities and how well do they do in China?
Xiaowei Zang

2. Ethnic minorities in southwest China
Jianxiong Ma

3. Hui Muslims in northwest China
Michael Dillon

4. Xinjiang and the Uyghurs
Michael Dillon

5. Tibet in China? China in Tibet?
Benno Ryan Weiner

6. Nation-state building and multiculturalism in China
Minglang Zhou

7. Ethnic autonomous regions and the unitary multiethnic nation-state
Hongyi Lai

8. Preferential policies for ethnic minorities in China
James Leibold

9. The state of research on urban Chinese ethnicity: Urban Mongols
William Jankowiak and B Shurentana

10. Ethnic minority languages and cultures
Colin Mackerras

11. Gender norms among ethnic minorities: Beyond ‘Han Chinese patriarchy’
Shanshan Du

12. Representations of Chinese minorities
Louisa Schein with Luo Yu

13. Ethnic tourism in China
Tim Oakes

14. Ethnic inequality in education
Yangbin Chen

15. Ethnic disparities in economic wellbeing in China
Björn Gustafsson

16. Ethnic marginalization in China: The case of the Lahu
Jianxiong Ma

17. Integration policy and South Asian minorities in Hong Kong
Law Kam-yee and Lee Kim-ming

18. Ethnic minorities and China’s foreign policy
Michael Clarke

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