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Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang

Tom Cliff


The experience of being Han in Xinjiang is part of the broader experience of migration and frontier settlement in PRC-era China. Drawing on analysis of history, biography, and social structure, Oil and Water dispels the notion that Han settlers in Xinjiang are homogenous, or that their interests necessarily align with those of the state. The book argues that it is more by default than by their own design that Han in Xinjiang are colonists, although colonists they are. Each of the core chapters has a strong biographical element, and is concerned with how formal and informal structures, agency, ... More

Keywords: China, Xinjiang, Han, migration, frontier settlement, colonialism, core periphery relationship, experience, biography, social structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226359939
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226360270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Cliff, author
Australian National University