On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society

Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China

Trine Brox and Ildikó Bellér-Hann (eds)

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  • Pages: 320 pp.
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  • Series number: 53
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Explores how the PRC’s ‘carrot and stick’ approach to its two most problematic nationalities, the Tibetans and Uyghurs, has been implemented and reacted to in the economy, education, popular culture, religious policies and other arenas.

 

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.

 

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Trine Brox works at the University of Copenhagen, and has long researched and written on Tibet and its diaspora.

Trine Brox works at the University of Copenhagen, and has long researched and written on Tibet and its diaspora.

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by Tsering Shakya, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
From journal:
Volume 89, No. 1 – March 2016

"The book makes valuable contributions to the study of Tibetans and Ugyhurs in contemporary China. By providing well-researched and ethnographically rich details of Tibet and Xinjiang, the book moves the subject beyond treating the people merely as “minorities” who are recipients of state benevolence."

"The book makes valuable contributions to the study of Tibetans and Ugyhurs in contemporary China. By providing well-researched and ethnographically rich details of Tibet and Xinjiang, the book moves the subject beyond treating the people merely as “minorities” who are recipients of state benevolence."

by Colin Mackerras
From journal:
The China Quarterly, Vol. 221

"The contributors to the book are all specialists and the great majority have carried out intensive field research in their areas of expertise. In that there is a coherent theme and each chapter contains genuine contributions to our understanding of important topical problems relating to ethnic affairs, this book is definitely a substantial contribution to the literature in its field.

"The contributors to the book are all specialists and the great majority have carried out intensive field research in their areas of expertise. In that there is a coherent theme and each chapter contains genuine contributions to our understanding of important topical problems relating to ethnic affairs, this book is definitely a substantial contribution to the literature in its field. It covers a range of fields, from human rights, labour, aspects of the economy, to language, the environment, television, religion and gender relations.

(…) The scholarly appurtenances, bibliographies, documentation and so on, are all excellent. Generally speaking the book is very well written and edited and reflects very well on the publisher, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. All the chapters are excellent, and are certainly important and interesting contributions in their own field."

by Henryk Alff, Freie Universität Berlin
From journal:
Central Asian Survey, June 2014

"…a novel approach in tackling issues of social harmony and inequality…the contributions inquire about the ‘harmonious society’ concept and connected, ambiguous policy outcomes from an agency-centred perspective, which brings to the fore pragmatic everyday-life negotiations between actors in diverse realms such as socio-economic development and resettlement, education and social activi

"…a novel approach in tackling issues of social harmony and inequality…the contributions inquire about the ‘harmonious society’ concept and connected, ambiguous policy outcomes from an agency-centred perspective, which brings to the fore pragmatic everyday-life negotiations between actors in diverse realms such as socio-economic development and resettlement, education and social activism, religious practice and popular culture.

It serves as an excellent, much appreciated contribution to the literature on developments in China’s West – and more generally to an emerging relational, agency-focused perspective in area studies."

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