The Configuration of Xinjiang’s Problems

  • Shaoying Zhang
  • Derek McGhee
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


After introducing our research questions, fieldwork and analysis methods in the following chapters, we will analyse our data to address the research questions discussed in the Introduction. In this chapter, we will examine the construction of Xinjiang’s problems by addressing how Han officials at different levels perceive the significance of Xinjiang to China, and the problems in Xinjiang. As SKAD suggests, these questions will be addressed by the construction of participants’ “interpretative frames’ (such as Xinjiang’s significance to China’s economy, energy, military and political securities), “classifications’ of problems (such as Xinjiang’s social, economic and “separatist’ problems, and, more importantly, the problems of communist officials) and the “phenomenal structures’ of their discourses (such as causal relations between economic development and Xinjiang’s problems, the responsibilities of various actors and how officials should act concerning Xinjiang’s problems and so on).


Central Government Chinese Government Local Official Special Economic Zone Ethnic Conflict 
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© Shaoying Zhang and Derek McGhee 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaoying Zhang
    • 1
  • Derek McGhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Yunnan Normal UniversityChina
  2. 2.University of SouthamptonUK

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