Space, place and ethnic identity in the Xinjiang Regional Museum

Hayes, Anna (2016) Space, place and ethnic identity in the Xinjiang Regional Museum. In: Hayes, Anna, and Clarke, Michael, (eds.) Inside Xinjiang: space, place and power in China's Muslim far northwest. Routlede Contemporary China Series . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 52-72.

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This chapter examines the representations of Xinjiang's nationalities and regional history in the Xinjiang Regional Museum. In examining how the region's nationalities and regional history are presented in the museum, the chapter intersects with other works that have explored ethnicity and the contested histories of the region. However, rather than presenting an historical overview of the region, this chapter analyses what constitutes the official narrative of the region's nationalities and history, and if/how this representation has taken the form of a re-imagining of Xinjiang's people and its history. Finally, it considers to what extremes representations of minority histories provide an insight into the wider lived experience of minority nationalities in Xinjiang, and where they are situated in contemporary imaginings of the Chinese state and nationalism.

Research Statement

Research Background The book draws on the accumulated expertise of some of world’s foremost experts, and emerging researchers, in regional studies of Xinjiang. In this manner the book engages a new readership, as scholars probe the nuances of inter-ethnic relations in Xinjiang, government policies in the region, identity formation and sense of belonging, and just how space, place and power are negotiated and applied in the region.
Research Contribution Scholarly attention on Xinjiang has hitherto been largely focused on the implications of Chinese statehood on the region, its links to the Central Asian Republics, and the success (or otherwise) of Chinese government attempts to modernise the region. This book, however, interrogates the ‘experiences’ of rapid modernisation for the region and its people. It also examines the influence of increased connectivity to other regions, both within China and outside of it, on ethnic and regional identities. Its chapters also interrogate the private and public lives of the region’s inhabitants, and how space, place and power in the region are configured and reconfigured, and ultimately, how they are applied in the region.
Research Significance Inside Xinjiang provides important insight into the social, economic and political terrains of Xinjiang. The collection brings together international academics in the field of Asian and International studies, all of whom are actively engaged in research on Xinjiang. They represent diverse discipline backgrounds, enabling the collection to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to analysis of the region.
Item ID: 42884
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-78079-8
Keywords: Xinjiang, China, Uyghur, Han, Xinjiang Regional Museum
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2016 00:46
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 20%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 10%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 40%
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