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Social Policies and Ethnic Conflict in China

Lessons from Xinjiang


Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 1-27
  3. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 47-66
  4. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 67-99
  5. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 158-170
  6. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 171-183
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 184-205

About this book


This study addresses how China's policy response to problems in Xinjiang is interpreted and implemented by officials, who are both governing agents and governed subjects by interviewing Chinese officials working in both Central government and Local governments.


Central government communism conflict Figuration Government Nation Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Yunnan Normal UniversityChina
  2. 2.University of SouthamptonUK

About the authors

Shaoying Zhang is Associate Professor of Sociology at Yunnan Normal University, China.

Derek McGhee is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK.

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"Shaoying Zhang and Derek McGhee should be commended for providing an innovative and rigorous analysis of the relationship between state policy and ethnic conflict in Xinjiang. In particular, their focus on the ways in which officials in Xinjiang selectively interpret and implement central government policy illuminates the importance of factoring in local agents of state power in analyses of contemporary Chinese governance" - Dr Michael Clarke, Griffith Asia Institute, Queensland, Australia