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State-Sponsored Inequality – The Banner System and Social Stratification in Northeast China - Stanford Scholarship Online
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State-Sponsored Inequality: The Banner System and Social Stratification in Northeast China

Shuang Chen


The book explores the social economic processes of inequality produced by differential state entitlements. Drawing on uniquely rich source materials from central and local archives, the book provides an unprecedented, comprehensive view of the creation of a socio-economic and political hierarchy under the Eight Banners in the Qing dynasty in what is now Shuangcheng County, Heilongjiang province. Shuangcheng was settled by bannermen from urban Beijing and elsewhere in rural Manchuria in the nineteenth century. The state classified the immigrants into distinct categories, each associated with di ... More

Keywords: wealth stratification, land distribution, entitlement, Manchuria/Northeast China, Eight Banners, Qing dynasty, agrarian society, structural inequality, frontier settlement, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799034
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shuang Chen, author
University of Iowa