The Contemporary Ethnic Minority in China: An Introduction

Eurasian Geography and Economics 56(1): 1-7

7 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015 Last revised: 27 Jul 2015

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Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This article introduces the historical context behind the practice of fixed ethnic identification currently employed in the People’s Republic of China. Notwithstanding the major problems to clearly delineate the boundaries of many ethnic groups in the Chinese context, the article contends there was a strong pragmatism for officially classifying ethnic minority groups rather than adopting the self-identification method used in many Western nations. Finally, the article poses the query whether ethnic minority status continues to hold a meaningful category of analysis in contemporary China.

Keywords: Ethnicity, identification, ethnic boundaries, China

Suggested Citation

Maurer-Fazio, Margaret and Hasmath, Reza, The Contemporary Ethnic Minority in China: An Introduction (2015). Eurasian Geography and Economics 56(1): 1-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612668

Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

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