What Explains the Rise of Majority-Minority Tensions and Conflict in Xinjiang?Central Asian Survey (2019)
In the past few years there has been a rise of inter-ethnic violence in China. While ethno-cultural repression and ineffective state policies are correctly attributed as key culprits behind this reality, this article suggests that socio-economic factors play a fundamental contributory role as well. Using the Xinjiang case, the article maps ethnic tensions and violence as a manifestation and expression of a growing and heighten ethno-cultural consciousness stemming from ethnic minorities’ low socio-economic status due, in part, to internal Han migration, and a labour market process – involving agency and structure – that has shaped a split and segmented labour market.
- Ethnic Minorities,
- labour market,
- ethnic conflict,
Citation InformationHasmath, R. (2019) “What Explains the Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?”, Central Asian Survey 38(1): 46-60.