Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Physical and Social Spaces ‘Under Construction’

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

Spatial and Ethnic Belonging in New Residential Compounds in Aksu, Southern Xinjiang

image of Inner Asia

Urbanisation in Xinjiang in the last two decades has been accompanied by immigration, a real-estate construction boom and changing residential patterns. This paper discusses how the construction of new residential compounds occurs simultaneously to the construction of social, spatial and ethnic belongings in oasis towns in southern Xinjiang with a particular focus on the city of Aksu. While investment considerations and the promise of a modernised urban lifestyle motivate citizens to purchase housing, the market-oriented real-estate business since the end of the 1990s also offers opportunities for Han and Uyghur residents to draw ethnic boundaries. The choice of a neighbourhood as well as the preference of interior design are frequently used to mark ethnicity. However, ethnic residential choices are restricted by work unit affiliation and the available socio-economic means. Thus, although discourses of Han and Uyghur residents display clear tendencies of ethnic segregation, urban residential spaces are in fact often ethnically mixed.

Affiliations: 1: Ethnographic Museum, University of Zürich Zürich Switzerland


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Akesu Shi Akesu shi chengshi zongti guihua 2005–2015 2007 Akesu Akesu Shi Renmin Zhengfu [Aksu city urban master plan 2005–2015]
2. Beall J. The People Behind the Walls: Insecurity, Identity and Gated Communities in Johannesburg 2002 Vol 10 London DRC (Crisis States Programme Working Paper.)
3. Becquelin N. "Staged development in Xinjiang" The China Quarterly 2004 Vol 178 358 378
4. Bellér-Hann I. Schlee G. "Temperamental neighbours: Uighur-Han relations in Xinjiang northwest China" Imagined Difference. Hatred and the Construction of Identity 2002 Hamburg LIT 57 82
5. Bellér-Hann I. Community Matters in Xinjiang. 1880–1949. Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur 2008 Leiden Brill
6. Borén T. Meeting-Places of Transformation: Urban Identity, Spatial Representations and Local Politics in Post-Soviet St Petersburg 2009 Stuttgart ibidem
7. Bray D. Social Space and Governance in Urban China. The Danwei System from Origins to Reform 2005 Stanford (CA) Stanford University Press
8. Calame J. , Charlesworth E. Divided Cities. Belfast, Beirut, Jerusalem, Mostar, and Nicosia 2009 Philadelphia (PA) University of Pennsylvania Press
9. Caldeira T.P.R. City of Walls. Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship 2000 Berkeley/Los Angeles/London University of California Press
10. Chen M. , Goodman D.S.G. Middle Class China. Identity and Behaviour 2013 Cheltenham Edward Elgar
11. Dautcher J. Down a Narrow Road. Identity and Masculinity in a Uyghur Community in Xinjiang China 2009 Cambridge (MA) Harvard University Press
12. Dillon M. Xinjiang—China’s Muslim Far Northwest 2004 London Routledge
13. Dong W. , Zhang X. "Urumqi" Cities 2011 Vol 28 115 125
14. Dörfler T. Gentrification in Prenzlauer Berg? Milieuwandel eines Berliner Sozialraums seit 1989 2010 Bielefeld Transcript
15. Erkin A. "Locally modern, globally Uyghur: geography, identity and consumer culture in contemporary Xinjiang" Central Asian Survey 2009 Vol 28 4 417 428
16. Fleischer F. Suburban Beijing. Housing and Consumption in Contemporary China 2010 Minneapolis (MN) University of Minnesota Press
17. Friedmann J. China’s Urban Transition 2005 Minneapolis & London University of Minnesota Press
18. Friedmann J. "Reflections on place and place-making in the cities in China" International Journal on Urban and Regional Research 2007 Vol 31 2 257 279
19. Geohive "Population data Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region" 2015 (accessed 17 February 2016)
20. Giglia A. Watt P. , Smets P. "Consumption practices and local belonging among condominium residents in Mexico City" Mobilities and Neighborhood Belonging in Cities and Suburbs 2014 Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan 42 59
21. Halik Ü. Stadtbegrünung im ariden Milieu. Das Beispiel der Oasenstädte des südlichen Xinjiang, VR China 2003 Berlin Technische Universität Berlin
22. Harvey D. Harvey D. "Class structuration and the theory of residential differentiation" The Urban Experience 1989 Baltimore (MD) Johns Hopkins University Press 109 124
23. Hassenpflug D. Der Urbane Code Chinas 2009 Basel Birkhäuser
24. Herzfeld M. "Engagement, gentrification, and the neoliberal hijacking of history" Current Anthropology 2010 Vol 51 S2 259 267
25. Holbig H. "The emergence of the campaign to Open up the West: ideological formation, central decision-making and the role of the provinces" The China Quarterly 2004 Vol 178 335 357
26. Humphrey C. "Ideology in infrastructure. Architecture and Soviet imagination" Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2005 Vol 11 1 39 58
27. Joniak-Lüthi A. "Han migration to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: between state schemes and migrants’ strategies" Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 2013 Vol 138 155 174
28. Kent S. Domestic Architecture and the Use of Space. An Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Study 1990 Cambridge Cambridge University Press
29. Leibold J. "Xinjiang Work Forum marks new policy of ‘ethnic mingling’" China Brief 2014 (accessed 17 February 2016) Vol 14 2
30. Li Jie Xinjiang Nanjiang diqu Hanzu yimin ji minzu guanxi yanjiu 2010 Beijing Minzu Chubanshe [Research on the Han migration and ethnic relations in southern Xinjiang]
31. Ma L.J.C. "Urban transformation in China, 1949–2000: a review and research agenda" Environment and Planning A 2002 Vol 34 9 1545 1569
32. Ma R. Iredale R. , Bilik N. , Guo F. "Population distribution and relations among ethnic groups in the Kashgar Region, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region" China’s Minorities on the Move. Selected Case Studies 2003 Armonk & London M.E. Sharpe 106 122
33. Ross A. Development in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Spatial Transformation and the Construction of Difference in Western China 2012 Stellenbosch Centre for Chinese Studies
34. Schloegel K. Im Raume lesen wir die Zeit: Über Zivilisationsgeschichte und Geopolitik 2003 Munich Hanser
35. Smith J. "‘Making culture matter’: symbolic, spatial, and social boundaries between Uyghurs and Han Chinese" Asian Ethnicity 2002 Vol 3 2 153 174
36. Smith Finley J. The Art of Symbolic Resistance. Uyghur Identities and Uyghur-Han Relations in Contemporary Xinjiang 2013 Leiden Brill
37. Stronski P. Tashkent. Forging a Soviet City, 1930–1966 2010 Pittsburgh (PA) University of Pittsburgh Press
38. Tilley C. Atkinson P. , et al "Ethnography and material culture" Handbook of Ethnography 2001 London Sage 258 272
39. Tomba L. "Creating an urban middle class: social engineering in Beijing" The China Journal 2004 Vol 51 1 26
40. Toops S. Starr S.F. "The ecology of Xinjiang: a focus on water" Xinjiang. China’s Muslim Borderland 2004 Armonk (NY) M.E. Sharpe 264 275
41. Wu F. , Xu J. , Yeh A.G. Urban Development in Post-Reform China. State, Market, and Space 2007 London Routledge
42. Zavoretti R. Be My Valentine: Bouquets, Marriage, and Middle Class Hegemony in Urban China 2013 Halle/Saale Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
43. Zhang L. In Search of Paradise. Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis 2010 Ithaca & London Cornell University Press
44. Zhang Yefei , et al Xiaoming Yu "Xinjiang Chengshihua Jincheng Yanjiu [Study on the process of urbanization in Xinjiang]" Xinjiang Diaocha Yanjiu Baogao 2009 2010 Vol [Xinjiang investigative research reports 2009] Wulumuqi Xinjiang Renmin Chubanshe 277 289

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Inner Asia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation