Gender, ethnicity and religion: Making sense of Uyghur aspirations in Shanghai (completed)
Focusing on Uyghur businessmen, intellectuals and white collar professionals in Shanghai, this project studies the ways through which these Uyghurs draw on their unique cultural background and lifestyle practices to adapt to living in globalizing Shanghai. It pays particular attention to the shaping of Uyghur hopes for the future through cross-cultural interactions and everyday efforts to manage risk, uncertainty and speculation in an urban environment.
Uyghurs consider Shanghai to be one of the most famous inland (neidi) cities in China. Shanghai can be seen as a microcosm of the Uyghur community in other inland cities, in which the majorities are intellectuals, and the others are self-employed businesspeople, street peddlers, as well as workers. This research focuses on questions of ethnicity, gender, Islam, and modernity.