Shanghai in Transition: Changing Perspectives and Social Contours of a Chinese Metropolis / Edition 1

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"When the Communist Party took control of Shanghai in 1949, the city was one of the world's most cosmopolitan, 'modern' cities. In the ensuing decades, Shanghai's economy, infrastructure and links with the world all atrophied. Lack of change in the city's physical structure was paralleled by a similar fixity and immutability in people's everyday lives, careers and expectations." "However, since the 1990s, far-reaching economic reforms have been implemented which are designed to recreate Shanghai as a cosmopolitan, world financial and trade centre. An influx of domestic and foreign capital is transforming the city's physical structure at a frantic pace. This book focuses on the lives of local residents and their perceptions of their changing city, and presents an evocative series of ethnographic perspectives of the city's shifting sociological landscape in this period of transition." Jos Gamble examines the flow of domestic and international migrants, capital and mass media across Shanghai's boundaries and the consequences of these on a transitional economy. The book introduces the changing senses of what it means to be Shanghainese, and the ways in which consumption is producing, facilitating and marking out new divisions within society.
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'The best English language work to date on Shanghai in the post-1978 era ... a very impressive first book with much to offer in terms of both data and insight.' - China Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700715718
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jos Gamble trained as an anthropologist at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has visited China on many occasions since 1984, and has lived in Shanghai for over four years. Dr Gamble is now a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Business in the School of Management of Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently researching British retail operations in the Asia Pacific region.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface: ethnography of a city
Notes on the text
Introduction 1
1 Opening the door, crossing the stream: representations and metaphors of reform in contemporary Shanghai 16
2 Global and intra-national cultural flows: renegotiating boundaries and identities in contemporary Shanghai 64
3 The walls within: Shanghai inside out 110
4 Consuming Shanghai: hairy crabs, ghosts, and Christmas trees 139
5 Share dealers, trading places and new options in contemporary Shanghai 166
6 Concluding impressions 189
Notes 206
Glossary of Chinese terms 216
Bibliography 227
Index 246
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