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Oil and WaterBeing Han in Xinjiang$
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Tom Cliff

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226359939

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226360270.001.0001

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The Individual and the Era-Defining Institutions of State

The Individual and the Era-Defining Institutions of State

(p.50) Two The Individual and the Era-Defining Institutions of State
Oil and Water

Tom Cliff

University of Chicago Press

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, or bingtuan, and the Tarim Oilfield Company are the “era-defining institutions” of state in Korla and in Xinjiang for the period 1949-2012. By defining eras, these institutions also define people. Chapter 2 begins with the life-journey of an oil company cadre from a peri-urban bingtuan regiment to his present elite condition. With the advantage of hindsight and a confidence conferred by status, he reflects on the rise and decline of institutions and populations. His story makes one of the many human connections between the bingtuan and the oil company. This chapter begins an extended cohort analysis of people who grew up on the bingtuan, and is the first of 3 chapters to focus on the Tarim Oilfield Company. There is not a single person living in Korla whose life has not been touched by at least one of these two institutions. But even as they structure lives and transform their environment, these institutions are themselves quintessentially products of the frontier.

Keywords:   Korla, Xinjiang, era defining institutions, frontier, institutions, bingtuan, Tarim Oilfield Company, cohort analysis, life-journey, structure

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