First book for 2014

from Press News, posted 01/07/2014 - 18:19

On the first day back at work after the Christmas-New Year break, we found two cartons of the first book of the year awaiting us. This is On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China, edited by Trine Brox and Ildikó Bellér-Hann.

(Technically, since it was printed and shipped in December, it should be the last book for 2013 – but, hey, who’s quibbling?)

There are of course heaps of books published every year about Tibet and far fewer (but some) looking at the situation in Xinjiang. However, this volume is unusual by looking in tandem at – and comparing – the two most problematic members of the PRC’s great family of peoples. Here, Tibetans and Uyghurs are examined not only in their own terms but also in the context of the broader minority situation in China.

In so doing, 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.

In other words, here’s a cracking new read from NIAS Press for 2014.

Happy New Year!


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