China Urban: Ethnographies of Contemporary Culture

China Urban: Ethnographies of Contemporary Culture

By: Suzanne Z. Gottschang (editor), Constance D. Clark (editor), Nancy N. Chen (editor), Lyn Jeffery (editor)Hardback

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China Urban is an ethnographic account of China's cities and the place that urban space holds in China's imagination. In addition to investigating this nation's rapidly changing urban landscape, its contributors emphasize the need to rethink the very meaning of the "urban" and the utility of urban-focused anthropological critiques during a period of unprecedented change on local, regional, national, and global levels.Through close attention to everyday lives and narratives and with a particular focus on gender, market, and spatial practices, this collection stresses that, in the case of China, rural life and the impact of socialism must be considered in order to fully comprehend the urban. Individual essays note the impact of legal barriers to geographic mobility in China, the proliferation of different urban centers, the different distribution of resources among various regions, and the pervasive appeal of the urban, both in terms of living in cities and in acquiring products and conventions signaling urbanity. Others focus on the direct sales industry, the Chinese rock music market, the discursive production of femininity and motherhood in urban hospitals, and the transformations in access to healthcare. China Urban will interest anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and those studying urban planning, China, East Asia, and globalization. Contributors. Tad Ballew, Susan Brownell, Nancy N. Chen, Constance D. Clark, Robert Efird, Suzanne Z. Gottschang, Ellen Hertz, Lisa Hoffman, Sandra Hyde, Lyn Jeffery, Lida Junghans, Louisa Schein, Li Zhang

About Author

Nancy N. Chen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Constance D. Clark teaches Women Studies at San Francisco State University. Suzanne Z. Gottschang is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Smith College. Lyn Jeffery is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Editors' Acknowledgments Introduction Part One. Xia Hai: The Ethnographies of Work and Leisure Placing Practices: Transnational Network Marketing in Mainland China / Lyn Jeffery Guiding College Graduates to Work: Social Constructions of Labor Markets in Dalian / Lisa Hoffman Rock in a Hard Place: Music and the Market in Nineties Beijing / Robert Efird Part Two. Gender, Bodies, and Consumer Culture The Consuming Mother: Infant Feeding and the Feminine Body in Urban China / Suzanne Z. Gottschang Foreign Marriage, "Tradition," and the Politics of Border Crossings / Constance Clark Making Dream Bodies in Beijing: Athletes, Fashion Models, and Urban Mystique in China / Susan Brownell Sex Tourism Practices on the Periphery: Eroticizing Ethnicity and Pathologizing Sex on the Lancang / Sandra Teresa Hyde Part Three. Negotiating Urban Spaces Health, Wealth, and the Good Life / Nancy N. Chen Railway Workers between Plan and Market / Lida Junghans Contesting Crime, Order, and Migrant Spaces in Beijing / Li Zhang Part Four. Expressions of the Urban Urbanity, Cosmopolitanism, Consumption / Louisa Schein Xiaxiang for the `90s: The Shanghai TV Rural Channel and Post-Mao Urbanity Amid Global Swirl / Tad Ballew Face in the Crowd: The Cultural Construction of Anonymity in Urban China / Ellen Hertz Bibliography Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822326342
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780822326342
  • ISBN10: 0822326345

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