Ethnic Differences in Neighbourly Relations in Urban China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-207
Journal / PublicationAsian Ethnicity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


Using data collected in Lanzhou, this paper examines the effect of minority ethnicity on neighbourly relations in China. It shows that the Hui as a whole express a higher level of satisfaction at relations with neighbours than the Han do. It also shows that the Hui advantage is removed with key background characteristics controlled. Finally, this paper shows intra-group variation among the Hui. These findings suggest that social status is a better predictor of neighbourly relations than the focus on inter-group contrast in traditionality in the existing scholarship of the Hui. Both inter- and intra-group variation in urban life must be examined to attain a more balanced picture of Hui Muslims in China.

Research Area(s)

  • Muslims, Hui, neighbourhood relations, inter-group interaction, minority, ethnicity, traditionality

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