Isobel Miller: “‘Re-education’ discourses in Xinjiang: How far does China’s post-2017 ‘de-extremification’ campaign constitute a form of Authoritarian Conflict Management?”

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My research examines the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) discourses regarding the current ‘re-education’ or ‘de-extremification’ campaign, whereby over 1 million Uyghurs, and other Turkic Muslim minorities, have been incarcerated in ‘re-education’ facilities, sent to high-security prisons, or are in situations of forced labour. My research draws on methodologies common to the school of Critical Discourse Studies, as well as drawing on poststructural theorists such as Foucault and Derrida, to analyse CCP controlled texts in Chinese, English, and Uyghur-language to uncover CCP ideologies and assess whether and in what ways the ‘re-education’ practices are indicative of Authoritarian Conflict Management: a conceptual framework for examining authoritarian policy responses and hierarcally managed techniques of suppressing potential conflicts. To examine CCP discourses my research is text based and sources data from newspapers, new sites, government issued-documents, and interviews and speeches delivered by Party Officials.