Ethnicity and Urban Life in China

A Comparative Study of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese

By Xiaowei Zang

© 2007 – Routledge

190 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This much-needed work on ethnicity in Asia offers a major sociological analysis of Hui Muslims in contemporary China. Using both qualitative and quantitative data derived from fieldwork in Lanzhou between March 2001 and July 2004, it looks at the contrast between the urban life of the Han people, the ethnic majority in the city of Lanzhou, and the Hui people, the largest ethnic minority in the city, and assesses the link between minority ethnicity and traditional behaviour in urban sociology and research on ethnic groups of China.

In-depth interviews and survey data provides a fresh perspective to the study of ethnic behaviour in China, and offers a rich account of Hui behaviour in seven aspects of urban life: neighbouring interaction, friendship formation, network behaviour, mate selection methods, spouse choice, marital homogamy, and household structure.

Contributing to the global discourse on Islam, religious fundamentalism and modernity, this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in Chinese society, Islam, religion, development, urban studies, anthropology and ethnicity.

Table of Contents

1. New Wine, Old Bottle 2. Neighbors United, Neighbors Divided 3. Sworn Brotherhood or Modern Friendship 4. A Lonely Crowd or a Network Society? 5. Finding a Mate in a Metropolis 6. Who Marries Whom? 7. 'Match Door' Marriages 8. Family Behavior 9. Ethnicity and Urban Life in China

About the Author

Xiaowei Zang is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies