Group threat and ethnic variation in party membership attainment in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-530
Journal / PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number75
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


Many scholars have examined how human capital, geography, etc. have shaped patterns of ethnic inequality in China. This paper studies the role the state plays in producing inter-group disparities in China. It discusses the link between the state and minority threat and explains how the linkage produces ethnic variation in entry into the Chinese Communist Party. Data are drawn from two surveys (N = 3,619) on Han Chinese, Hui, and Uyghurs conducted in two Chinese cities in 2001. Controlling for background characteristics removes the Han- Uyghur difference in CCP membership attainment. In contrast, no similar patterns are found when Han Chinese are compared with Hui. This contrast is explained with reference to state reaction to ethnic variation in perceived group threat. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.