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Stratification and Institutional Exclusion in China and India: Administrative Means versus Social Barriers1
Stratification and institutional exclusion in China and India: Administrative means versus social barriers
Fei-LingWang
A Tale of Two Nations

As the two most populous nations in the world, China and India indeed share much in common: Both are large and densely inhabited; both have a long history and are rich in culture and tradition; both had a backward economy and low technology development when they acquired modern statehood in the twentieth century; both are featured with a typical dual economy with massive or even ‘unlimited’ supply of low- and unskilled labour from the agricultural sector; and both are inspired and competing with each other to be a world class power and leader.2

Yet, there are also ...

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