Using ingenious research methods, the contributors to this book explore the search for meaning among ordinary people in China today. The subjects of these vivid essays span the social spectrum from hip young entrepreneurs to sweatshop workers and homeless beggars. The issues are equally diverse, ranging from domestic violence to homosexuality to political corruption. Throughout, the book shows how economic and social changes caused by globalization, in combination with the continuing Party dictatorship, have presented ordinary Chinese with a new array of moral and cultural challenges that have changed the face of China.
Perry Link is professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University. Richard P. Madsen is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Paul G. Pickowicz is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego.
Chapter 1: "I Believe You Can Fly": Basketball Culture in Postsocialist China Chapter 2: Corruption in Popular Culture Chapter 3: Village Voices, Urban Activists: Women, Violence, and Gender Inequality in Rural China Chapter 4: Shunkouliu: Popular Satirical Sayings and Popular Thought Chapter 5: The Rich, the Laid-off, and the Criminal in Tabloid Tales: Read All About Them! Chapter 6: The New Chinese Woman and Lifestyle Magazines in the Late 1990s Chapter 7: The Culture of Survival: Lives of Migrant Workers through the Prism of Private Letters Chapter 8: The Chinese Enterprising Self: Young, Educated Urbanites and the Search for Work Chapter 9: Beggars in the Socialist Market Economy Chapter 10: When a House Becomes His Home Chapter 11: In Love and Gay Chapter 12: Urban Experiences and Social Belonging among Chinese Rural Migrants