China's security imperatives and violence in Xinjiang

Stefanie Kam*

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    In this chapter, Stefanie Kam argues that violence in Chinas Xinjiang province has been normalized through narratives of security imperatives, which have come to legalize and moralize violence. She contends that violence has been legalized through the institutionalization of counterterrorism operations and policies, and moralized through the use of religious, cultural and social controls in Xinjiang. This, she argues, is consistent with Michel Foucaults notion of pastoral power, which is embedded in these moral imperatives which inculcate a sense that the states functioning of power are, in fact, practices of care and that the Han Chinese and the 55 other ethnic minority groups, including the Uyghurs, must defer to the state for security imperatives and for their own welfare, or be punished for their disobedience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNormalization of Violence
    Subtitle of host publicationConceptual Analysis and Reflections from Asia
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781000739602
    ISBN (Print)9780367423292
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019


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