Gender roles and ethnic variation in educational attainment in Ürümchi

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-691
Journal / PublicationPacific Affairs
Issue number4
Online published1 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


Using survey data (N = 1,600) collected in Ürümchi in Xinjiang, China, this paper examines the Han-Uyghur gap in schooling and offers a nuanced account of educational stratification by ethnicity in urban China. Data analysis shows that Han Chinese are more likely than Uyghurs to receive schooling, and the ethnic variation persists when holding main background characteristics constant. However, the differences in schooling between Han and Uyghur men fade away when background characteristics are controlled for, whereas no similar patterns are found among women. Gender roles account for both ethnic parity in schooling between Han and Uyghur men and ethnic inequality in schooling between Han and Uyghur women, which underlies the overall Han-Uyghur gap in educational attainment in Ürümchi.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Ethnicity, Gender roles, Inequality, Schooling, Uyghurs