Xinjiang’s geographies in motion

Joniak, Agnieszka (2015). Xinjiang’s geographies in motion. Asian Ethnicity, 16(4), pp. 428-445. Routledge 10.1080/14631369.2014.1001162

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Starting from the idea that places are socially constructed, this essay explores how place is established and lived in Xinjiang by the members of the area’s two largest ethnicities, the Uyghur and the Han. This paper demonstrates that there are differences in the ways Han and Uyghur imagine and ‘live’ Xinjiang. At the same time it asserts that Uyghur and Han do not establish distinct spatial relationships just because of their ethnicity, but also to enhance ethnic solidarity and boundaries vis-à-vis the other. This essay also demonstrates that places are historically contingent, and it discusses the ways in which the influx of Han temporary migrants and settlers—and Han capital—has generated new layers of spatial meaning and new power differentials.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Joniak, Agnieszka

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1463-1369

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Agnieszka Joniak

Date Deposited:

19 Mar 2015 11:59

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 01:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/14631369.2014.1001162

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65317

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