A Critical Approach to the Efficacy of the Economic Development Strategy in Interethnic Conflict Prevention and Resolution

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Creator: 

Huang, Limingcui

Date: 

2018

Abstract: 

Since the late 1980s, China has adopted an economic development strategy (EDS) to invest in the Uyghur economic well-being in exchange for obedience. Despite this, the conflicts have become more frequent. Under the framework of "Sons of the Soil" conflicts and Feminist Political Economy, one finds a causal relation between gendered employment and migratory patterns resulting from the EDS, and the escalation of Uyghur-Han conflicts. Between the late 1980s and mid-2000s, EDS policies attracted male-dominated Han in-migration to Xinjiang. Influenced by gender biases, Xinjiang locals viewed these migrants as threats to their economic and personal security. This aggravates grievances against the Han-dominant ruling. Since the mid-2000s, EDS policies have caused an out-flow of Uyghur women from Xinjiang, leaving Uyghur men behind. This has challenged the patriarchal values and order among the Uyghur and thereby contributed to the conflicts.

Subject: 

Political Science
Economics
Ethnic and Racial Studies

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Political Economy

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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