Micro-Macro Interactions in Ethno-Religious Homogamy among Hui Muslims in Contemporary China: The Roles of Residential Concentration and Aging

Publication Abstract

Mu, Zheng, and Qing Lai. 2016. "Micro-Macro Interactions in Ethno-Religious Homogamy among Hui Muslims in Contemporary China: The Roles of Residential Concentration and Aging." Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36(1): 88-105.

AbstractChinese Muslims have actively maintained religious endogamy. However, no research has assessed the role of local residential context in individual Muslims? marital choices, nor have sociologists examined the heterogeneity in individual Muslims? responses to such contextual influences. Using Chinese census data between 2000 and 2005, this paper offers a first investigation of such micro?macro interactions among the Hui, the largest Muslim ethnic group in China. Specifically, we test the effect of the Hui's residential concentration (at the prefecture level) on individual Hui's marital choices (exogamy/endogamy/singleness) and how this effect varies by gender and age. Several major findings emerge from our multilevel discrete-time competing-risk models, highlighting the impact of contextual factors, but also a level of individual resilience against aggregate-level cultural forces. While at younger ages, Hui can still afford to wait to contract an endogamous marriage; with aging, they started to choose exogamy to fulfill the expectation of universal marriage.

10.1080/13602004.2016.1153823

Country of focus: China.

Browse | Search | Books | Next

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Sarah Miller comments on the U.S. Census Bureau report that found that the percentage of Americans without health insurance jumped.

Geronimus writes about her research on "weathering," or the constant presence of stress hormones in the body from our ceaseless daily grind over years & decades, & how stress is actually killing us.

'Ban the Box' Laws Could Negatively Impact Minorities, according to a study by Agan and Starr

More News

Highlights

National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) Extended

Fabian Pfeffer receives Doris Entwisle Early Career Award from American Sociological Association

More Highlights


Connect with PSC follow PSC on Twitter Like PSC on Facebook