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Book Review: Ajit S. BHALLA and QIU Shufang, Poverty and Inequality among Chinese Minorities. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 204 pp., with abbreviations, tables, and figures. ISBN: 0-415-30840-2 (hc). Price: £65.00

Book Review: Ajit S. BHALLA and QIU Shufang, Poverty and Inequality among Chinese Minorities. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 204 pp., with abbreviations, tables, and figures. ISBN: 0-415-30840-2 (hc). Price: £65.00

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Book ReviewAjit S. BHALLA and QIU Shufang, Poverty and Inequality among Chinese Minorities. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 204 pp., with abbreviations, tables, and figures. ISBN: 0-415-30840-2 (hc). Price: £65.00 SAGE Publications, Inc.2008DOI: 10.1177/0920203X080220010602 BarrySautman Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China Media discussions of China's minorities are seldom without allusions to preva- lent poverty among them and to the income gap between Han and minorities. Few such discussions disaggregate the category of minorities in respect of poverty and inequality or mention state programs that address these conditions. To the extent this poverty and inequality are seen as being ameliorated, the mit- igating factor adumbrated is a rising tide of marketization that lifts all boats. The impression conveyed is that the most minorities can expect is some trickle down from China's development. Many China specialists may have roughly the same ideas about poverty and inequality among PRC minorities that the media pur- vey; most, after all, have a cursory acquaintance with “ethnic problems” and the issues they have heard most about involve two minorities (out of 55) which are the subjects of political controversies, the Tibetans and Uyghurs. A. S. Bhalla and Qiu Shufang's study
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