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Harris, Rachel and Isa Elkun, Aziz (2022) 'Music, Terror, and Civilizing Projects in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.' In: Impey, Angela, (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge. (SOAS Studies in Music)

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The national hit song Little Apple released by the Chopstick brothers in May 2014, was a catchy, synthesizer-heavy, retro-style love song with an insistent beat. The song also resounded across the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in north-west China, but in this predominantly Muslim region – known to Uyghurs in exile as East Turkestan – which had seen a striking growth in religious piety since the 1990s. Tensions in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous Region had been on the rise since the 1990s, as China sought to quell any possibility of a Uyghur independence movement in this Central Asian borderland. Too often this policy meant that legitimate calls for Uyghur rights were regarded as threats to national stability and were met with state repression and violence. The anti-religious extremism campaign made a powerful intervention into these processes of Islamic subject-formation, and it acted to replace them with forms of habitus developed in the course of China’s cultural revolution.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of Music
ISBN: 9780367489090
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Impey, Angela, (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge (2022). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2023 20:19
Related URLs: https://www.rou ... k/9780367489090 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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