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Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang (Hardcover)

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As the regional lingua franca, the Uyghur language long underpinned Uyghur national identity in Xinjiang. However, since the ‘bilingual education’ policy was introduced in 2002, Chinese has been rapidly institutionalised as the sole medium of instruction in the region’s institutes of education. As a result, Minkaohan studies – the study of bilingual and indeed multi-lingual Uyghur urban youth – has emerged as a major new research trend.

This book explores the relationship between language, education and identity among the urban Uyghurs of contemporary Xinjiang. It considers ways in which Uyghur urban youth identities began to evolve in response to the imposition of ‘bilingual education’. Starting by defining the notion of ethnic identity, the book goes on to explore the processes involved in the formation and development of personal and group identities. It considers why ethnic boundaries are constructed between groups and when ethnic identity markers might be employed in the pursuit of interests. It also questions how ethnic identity is expressed in social, cultural and religious practice and explores the relationship between language use, education and ethnic identity formation and expression. In order to address these matters, it reviews some key arguments in the field of ethnicity theory, and then considers research findings around identity development.

As a study of ethnicity in China this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, Asian ethnicity, cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics and Asian education.

Rising ethnic consciousness among the Uyghurs in contemporary Xinjiang is a major area of research due to heightened Uyghur-Han relations and ethnic conflicts in the region. As the regional lingua franca, the Uyghur language long underpinned Uyghur national identity in Xinjiang. However, since the ?bilingual education? (shuangyu jiaoyu) policy was introduced in 2002, Chinese has been rapidly institutionalised as the sole medium of instruction in the region?s higher, secondary and now primary institutes of education. As a result, minkaohan studies ? the study of bilingual and indeed multi-lingual Uyghur urban youth ? has emerged as a major new research trend.

This book considers ways in which Uyghur urban youth identities began to evolve in response to the imposition of ?bilingual education?. In particular, it attempts to gauge where individuals ? both minkaohan and minkaomin (Uyghurs educated in the mother tongue) - locate themselves on the various spectra of modernisation, sinicisation, re-traditionalisation and globalisation.

As a study of ethnicity in China this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, Asian ethnicity, cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics and Asian education.

Number of Pages: 213
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Education
Series Title: Routledge Studies on Ethnicity in Asia
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: November 20, 2015
TCIN: 16959116
UPC: 9781138847729
Item Number (DPCI): 247-43-3324
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