Constructing the Uyghur Diaspora: Identity Politics and the Transnational Uyghur Community

  • Işık Kuşçu Bonnenfant
Part of the Politics and History in Central Asia book series (PSPSCA)


This study analyzes how the Uyghur diasporic identity and activities evolved through various mobilizing discourses, practices, and frameworks effectuated by the elite. The activities of the Uyghur diaspora during three significant time periods were observed. The first period covers the mobilization practices of the diaspora leaders in Turkey from the 1960s to the early 1990s. The second period covers the diasporic mobilization efforts in the 1990s in Turkey and Europe, and the final period covers 2000 until now. Such an analysis allowed me to discern how mobilization practices and frameworks varied over time according to changing political opportunities in different host states. The chapter is based on fieldwork conducted in Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands, and France over a one-year period.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Işık Kuşçu Bonnenfant
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  1. 1.International Relations DepartmentMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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