David Tobin

David Tobin is a lecturer in politics at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. David’s research examines how the concept of performativity can be applied to the securitisation of identity. This explores how the securitisation of identity is best understood as an interactive performance between official and unofficial politics. The empirical focus is how the Chinese party-state’s attempts to deepen integration of Xinjiang and Turkic-speaking Uyghurs into China shapes and is shaped by popular responses to this nation-building project.

Research Interests: identity, ethnicity, nationalism, social theory, Xinjiang, Chinese Studies


‘Competing Communities: Ethnic Unity and Ethnic Violence on China’s North-West Frontier’, Inner Asia, forthcoming in 2011.

‘Between Minkaohan and Minkaomin: Discourses on ‘Assimilation’ Amongst Urban, Bilingual Uyghurs’, in Smith, Joanne and Zang, Xiaowei (eds) Uyghur Youth Identities in Xinjiang, Routledge, forthcoming in 2012.

Academia.edu profile: http://manchester.academia.edu/DavidTobin

Blog: http://reasonablyraging.blogspot.co.uk/

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