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Socio-Economic Development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Disparities and Power Struggle in China’s North-West

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Examines socio-economic development and identity building in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

  • Highlights challenges faced by the region in terms of cultural diversity, richness in resources, geo-strategic location and environment

  • Focuses on the dynamics underpinning social change and disparities in Xinjiang

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Xinjiang Economic Development

    • Alessandra Cappelletti
    Pages 29-116
  3. Social Development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

    • Alessandra Cappelletti
    Pages 117-181
  4. Walking in Two Worlds: Kashgar and Shihezi

    • Alessandra Cappelletti
    Pages 183-230
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 299-317

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.

Keywords

  • 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

Reviews

“Cappelletti provides a highly nuanced and illuminating account of ethnic relations in the region and what it means to be a Uyghur. It is a valuable contribution to the scholarly literature on Xinjiang. … This is a detailed book that will be of interest to scholars researching Xinjiang, the situation of the Uyghurs, as well as research of internal colonies more generally.” (Anna Hayes, China Information, Vol. 35 (1), 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

    Alessandra Cappelletti

About the author

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: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1536-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • 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, History of China, Regionalism

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-15-1536-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)