Ethnic variation in network composition in Ürümchi : Do state policies matter?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-198
Journal / PublicationEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


This paper examines the inter-group difference in social leverage ties between Uyghurs and Han Chinese in Ürümchi, China. Social leverage ties refer to high-status ties such as professionals and managers who can provide egos with information or access to education, training, employment, etc. Existing studies have suggested three hypotheses (i.e. retention of culture, homophily and neighbourhood poverty) for the mechanisms of ethnic differences in network composition. Based on the survey data the author collected in 2005, this paper suggests another main mechanism - state policies - in explaining the ethnic variations. State policies have led to in-group association and ethnic inequalities, which have limited Uyghur access to high-status individuals. Data analysis shows the Uyghur-Han difference in social leverage ties controlling for key background characteristics. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Research Area(s)

  • China, ethnicity, leverage ties, Muslims, social networks, State policy