On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society
Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China
Trine Brox and Ildikó Bellér-Hann (eds)
320 pp., Illustrated
NIAS Studies in Asian Topics # 53
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
Since 1949, Tibetans and Uyghurs generally have been perceived as the two most problematic members of the PRC’s great family of peoples and been the targets of ‘carrot and stick’ measures designed to facilitate their integration into the PRC. In recent years, a solution to the problem of Xinjiang and the Tibet has been sought in accelerated economic development, yet this is perceived by both groups with great suspicion. Addressing this situation, the volume explores the arenas of socio-economic development and market liberalization, popular culture, urban planning and relocation, environment and ecological migration, civil society, education and language, ethno-nationalism, as well as religious policies and practices. It is especially topical at a time when fieldwork in the regions where these two minorities live remains extremely difficult and politically sensitive.
Preface • 1. Introduction • 2. Labour transitions
and social inequalities in Tibet and Xinjiang (Andrew Fischer) •
The Open Up the West Campaign among Uyghurs in Xinjiang (Henryk
Szadziewski) • 4. Construction of a Commodity Hierarchy and Politics
of Difference in Lhasa (Tracy Zhan) • 5. The Separation of Pastoralists
from Pasture on the Tibetan Plateau (Tashi Nyima) • 6. New Settlements
on the Tibetan Plateau of Amdo-Qinghai (Elisa Cencetti) • 7. Language,
Education and Social Mobility among Rural Uyghurs (Chris Hann) • 8.
New Paradigms for the Defence of Tibetan Language (Françoise Robin)
• 9. Tibet in China’s Environmental Movement (Emily Yeh) • 10. Contesting
Harmony in TV Drama: Ethnic Intermarriage in Xinjiang Girls
(Joanne Smith Finley) • 11. Sound and Meaning in Rural Uyghur Religious
Practice (Rachel Harris) • 12. The ‘nation’ and language in Uyghur
social thought (Eric Schluessel) • Index.
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