Towards a 'harmonious society'? A brief case study of the post-liberation settlement in Beijing of Uyghur intellectuals and their relations with the majority society

Qarluq, Abduresit Jelil and McMillen, Donald Hugh (2011) Towards a 'harmonious society'? A brief case study of the post-liberation settlement in Beijing of Uyghur intellectuals and their relations with the majority society. Asian Ethnicity, 12 (1). pp. 1-31. ISSN 1463-1369

Abstract

Currently, the construction of a 'Harmonious Society' is an important yet challenging official project in the People’s Republic of China. Under Chinese Communist Party supervision, the government has undertaken some measures to achieve this goal. In the country's capital, Beijing, the majority society ('social majority') is composed of peoples considered to be Han Chinese, but the population there also includes representatives from 55 recognised minority society groups. Many such latter groups, especially Uyghurs and Tibetans, have long maintained distinctive cultural traditions, practices, languages, and 'memories' from those of the majority society – and are 'different' in physical appearance, customary dress and other features. Officially, however, all are 'Chinese citizens'. Recently, some negative and disharmonious trends have appeared in majority-minority relations. Based on academic fieldwork research, this essay focuses on 'Uyghur intellectuals' in Beijing, analytically discussing their relationships with the majority society there, identifying issues and problems in those relationships, and offering informed, constructive suggestions to achieve a more 'Harmonious Society' in China.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 03:06
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: China (People’s Republic of China); Uyghur intellectuals; Harmonious Society; majority/minority societies; multicultural policies (multiculturalism); floating population
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/14631369.2010.510876
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19252

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