Down a Narrow Road: Identity and Masculinity in a Uyghur Community in Xinjiang China


The Uyghurs, a Turkic group, account for half the population of the Xinjiang region in northwestern China. This ethnography presents a thick description of life in the Uyghur suburbs of Yining, a city near the border with Kazakhstan, and situates that account in a broader examination of Uyghur culture. The narrative is framed around the terms identity, community, and masculinity. As the author shows, Yining s Uyghurs express a set of individual and collective identities organized around place, gender, family relations, ...

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