Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China: Fostering Talent

Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China: Fostering Talent

by Lisa M. Hoffman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1439900353

ISBN-13: 9781439900352

Pub. Date: 03/28/2010

Publisher: Temple University Press

In the post-Maoist era, China adopted a strategy for investing in the "quality" of its people-through education and training opportunities-that created talented labor. In her significant ethnographic study, Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China, Lisa Hoffman explains why the development of "human capital" is seen as fundamental for economic growth and national

Overview

In the post-Maoist era, China adopted a strategy for investing in the "quality" of its people-through education and training opportunities-that created talented labor. In her significant ethnographic study, Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China, Lisa Hoffman explains why the development of "human capital" is seen as fundamental for economic growth and national progress. She examines these new urban employees, who were deemed vital to the success of the global city in China, and who hoped for social mobility, a satisfying career, and perhaps a family.

Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China addresses the emergence of this urban professional subject in Dalian, a port city in China. Hoffman identifies who these new professionals are, what choices they have made, and how they have remained closely connected with the nation-although not necessarily the Communist party-leading to a new social form she calls "Patriotic Professionalism."

Hoffman contributes to the understanding of changing urban life in China while providing an analysis of the country's "late-socialist neoliberalism." In the process, she asks pressing questions about how such shifts impact cities, how individuals and families negotiate these changes, and how "choice" itself is a part of the subject formation process for these young professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439900352
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
Urban Life, Landscape and Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 
1. Talent in the Global City: Preparing Dalian for the Twenty-first Century 
2. Refiguring Dalian 
3. Cultivating Talent 
4. Patriotic Professionalism 
5. Turning Culture into Profit 
6. Gendering Security and the State in Urban China 
7. Going Forward: China, Neoliberalism, and Economic Crises 
Notes 
Glossary 
References 
Index

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