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Negotiating Inseparability in ChinaThe Xinjiang Class and the Dynamics of Uyghur Identity$
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Timothy Grose

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528097

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528097.001.0001

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Negotiating Inseparability in China

Timothy Grose

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter Four follows Xinjiang Class graduates’ return to Xinjiang. Contrary to the political goals of the program, few of its graduates return to the region with the intention of serving the Party. More often, institutional restraints that cripple mobility in China, unrelenting pressure from family members, and inconveniences adhering to Islamic practices in inner China compel these individuals to return. The return, however, only marks the beginning of a sometimes frustrating process of reintegration. The second part of this chapter describes how these young adults reacclimate to daily life in Xinjiang. Uyghurs Xinjiang Class graduates often feel marginalized upon returning, but re-establish a genuine sense of belonging after a period of readjustment. However, my female informants, who are often expected to conform to rigidly defined gender roles, tend to find this readjustment process more discouraging than men.

Keywords:   Uyghurs, Xinjiang, Islam, ethnicity, belonging, gender

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