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A “Post-Copenhagen” Analysis of China’s Securitization of the Uyghur: A Counterproductive Securitization?

Baker-Beall, C. and Clark, R., 2021. A “Post-Copenhagen” Analysis of China’s Securitization of the Uyghur: A Counterproductive Securitization? Democracy and Security, 17 (4), 427-454.

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DOI: 10.1080/17419166.2021.2020037


This article adopts a post-Copenhagen approach to securitization theory in order to critically analyze the security policies developed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that have targeted the Uyghur community in Xinjiang province. The article explores the relationship between the language of security and threat, which has been invoked by the PRC leadership, and its role in justifying every-day and exceptional security practices that have been enacted against the Uyghurs since the start of the 1990s. The article makes two important claims. First, the article argues that the securitization of the Uyghur has proved counter-productive, potentially creating the very security threat that the securitization of an issue is supposed to prevent. Second, the article suggests that the role of various audiences, both domestic and international, even in an authoritarian or illiberal state like China, play a key role in the securitization process and the legitimization of the security measures that have been enacted against the Uyghur community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Securitization; Uyghur; Terrorism; Human Rights
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36929
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 May 2022 15:19
Last Modified:20 Jun 2023 01:08


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