Locally modern, globally Uyghur: geography, identity and consumer culture in contemporary Xinjiang

Erkin, A. (2009). Locally modern, globally Uyghur: geography, identity and consumer culture in contemporary Xinjiang. Central Asian Survey28(4), 417-428. Link

Abstract:

Much scholarship and commentary has raised concerns about the fate of traditional Uyghur culture in the context of development and globalization in the twenty-first century, some even predicting its disappearance through assimilation to mainstream majority Han culture. However, by exploring the modern Uyghur culture of consumption – in foodstuffs, entertainment and real estate – this paper shows an opposite phenomenon: the transformation of the traditional Uyghur culture to a distinct cultural, religious and linguistic popular contemporary Uyghur culture that thrives and expands with the aid of globalization and development.

 

This one is actually written by an Uyghur person! An Uyghur woman! Hoorah for Uyghurs (and girls) in academia! The paper itself is pretty interesting and not as depressing or bleak as other papers I have read. A breath of fresh air, if you will.

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