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Exceptionally Equal: Emergency States and the Production of Enemies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

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This article argues that the Uyghur ethnic group is, more than any other ethnic group in Xinjiang, subject to heightened surveillance. I highlight the existence of such a phenomenon through describing various ways in which Uyghurs alter their speech and actions in relation to certain topics. By way of contrast, I draw attention to the relative lack of modifications when engaging with Han Chinese on similar topics. Such a discrepancy, I argue, is symptomatic of a broader political situation in which Uyghurs are targeted by a state of exception . Such exceptional measures aid in preventing the translation of experience between these two groups.


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