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Socio-Economic Development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Disparities and Power Struggle in China’s North-West


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About this book


In an unprecedented exploration of space and power in rural Xinjiang, a Chinese region home to the Muslim population of the Uyghurs, this book adopts a grounded theory approach and a trans-ethnic perspective into the complex and sensitive topic of land issues and agricultural land evictions in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. By exposing the dynamics of land acquisition and power building in the politically contested space of the region, the author shows how state owned land in a key commercial and cultural hub on the new Silk Road became a commodity, in a context of violent human interactions driven by power. Relying on previously undisclosed material and on a unique field research among farmers and local authorities, the author retraces the steps of Uyghur peasant workers, entangled in a suspended situation between abandoned rural villages, migration and urban alienation, in a book which explores agency in violent processes of social change, and adds concepts and insights to the current knowledge of how we become modern citizens. The microcosm of Kashgar, an oasis-city in Xinjiang, acts as a mirror reflecting socio political dynamics framing people’s identity. Shedding light on one of the most inaccessible region in China, this book is a key read for academics and a broader public willing to get a clearer view of one of the sourest power struggle in the most contested region within the next superpower.


Socio-economic Development in Xinjiang Xinjiang and One Belt One Road Initiative Land Issues in Xinjiang Ethnic Conflict and Chinese Society Xinjiang, Urbanization, Land Acquisition and Power Building

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool UniversitySuzhouChina

About the authors

Alessandra Cappelletti is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China. She has a PhD at the Oriental University of Naples and was Joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Research Center for Global Cooperation of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Socio-Economic Development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
  • Book Subtitle Disparities and Power Struggle in China’s North-West
  • Authors Alessandra Cappelletti
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-1535-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-1538-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-1536-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 317
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Structure, Social Inequality
    History of China
    Regional Development
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