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Cultural Exclusion in China

State Education, Social Mobility and Cultural Difference, 1st Edition

By Lin Yi


182 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Ethnic minorities form a very substantial proportion of the population of China, with over 100 million people in 55 formally designated minority groups inhabiting over 60% of the country’s land area. Poverty and economic inequality of minority groups are widely-recognised problems. However, as this book, based on extensive original research, shows, underlying economic inequality are educational inequality and cultural exclusion, which in turn lead to problems of social mobility and thereby to poverty. The book examines in particular Tibetan, Muslim Hui, Salar and Bonan people. It discusses the policy and practice of education for ethnic minorities, the prevailing chauvinistic Chinese national culture, from which minorities feel excluded, and the attitudes of both majority Han Chinese towards minorities, and of minorities towards their position of cultural exclusion. Besides exploring the forms of cultural exclusion experienced by ethnic minorities, it considers what might be done to promote inclusion, proposing a rethinking of the project of nation building and modernisation of state and minority rights in order to achieve the goal of including the minority population of distinctive cultures into wider society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Trajectories of Chinese Culturalism and its Educational Legacy 3. Ethnicization through Schooling: The Mainstream Discursive Repertoires of Ethnic Minority Cultures 4. Choosing between ‘Ordinary’ and Minorities: The Tibetan Case 5. The Social Engagement of ‘Familiar Strangers’: The Muslim Case 6. Conclusion Postscript: Promoting Education by NGOs?

About the Author

Lin Yi is Associate Professor of Sociology at Xiamen University. His current research focuses upon culture, inequality and boundaries, with particular reference to class, ethnicity and globalization. Lin’s articles have appeared in such journals as China Quarterly and Japanese Journal of Political Science.

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies