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Author Chen, Shuang, 1977- author

Title State-sponsored inequality : the banner system and social stratification in northeast China / Shuang Chen
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in social inequality
Studies in social inequality.
Contents Social formation under state domination in modern China : an introduction -- Clearing boundaries : the founding of Shuangcheng society -- Building boundaries : land allocation and population registration -- Consolidating power : banner government and local control -- Community and hierarchy : banner villages -- Reinventing hierarchy : metropolitan bannermen family strategies -- Sustaining hierarchy : wealth stratification -- Social formation in the early Republic
Summary This book explores the social economic processes of inequality in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century rural China. Drawing on uniquely rich source materials, Shuang Chen provides a comprehensive view of the creation of a social hierarchy wherein the state classified immigrants to the Chinese county of Shuangcheng into distinct categories, each associated with different land entitlements. The resulting patterns of wealth stratification and social hierarchy were then simultaneously challenged and reinforced by local people. The tensions built into the unequal land entitlements shaped the identities of immigrant groups, and this social hierarchy persisted even after the institution of unequal state entitlements was removed. State-Sponsored Inequality offers an in-depth understanding of the key factors that contribute to social stratification in agrarian societies. Moreover, it sheds light on the many parallels between the stratification system in nineteenth-century Shuangcheng and structural inequality in contemporary China
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Land grants -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 19th century.
Landowners -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 19th century.
Social stratification -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 19th century.
Wealth -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 19th century.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912.
Manchuria (China) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016044315
ISBN 1503601633 (electronic bk.)
9781503601635 (electronic bk.)