Streetlife China

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In this collection, Michael Dutton offers both a lively reader and a unified theoretical argument about contemporary Chinese streetlife. The pieces - drawn from newspapers, government documents, academic writing and interviews - build a vivid picture of everyday life in China. Dutton's editorial hand and incisive commentary on these pieces from a rigorous discussion around current theory. Streetlife is shown to be a creative, dynamic, dissenting, deviant and often compliant aspect of the economic, political and ...
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Overview

In this collection, Michael Dutton offers both a lively reader and a unified theoretical argument about contemporary Chinese streetlife. The pieces - drawn from newspapers, government documents, academic writing and interviews - build a vivid picture of everyday life in China. Dutton's editorial hand and incisive commentary on these pieces from a rigorous discussion around current theory. Streetlife is shown to be a creative, dynamic, dissenting, deviant and often compliant aspect of the economic, political and cultural face of China. Key themes are the emergence of a market-driven consumer culture, and how this intersects with social outsiders; state strategies and the street's response. Underlying this narrative is the theme of human rights.
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"I have never come across a reader as imaginatively conceived and stylishly executed as Streetlife China. It offers a remarkably thoughtful, unusual, accessible, sophisticated and rich guide to contemporary China. Dutton shows us official strategies and discourses in their subaltern mirror, and this subtle theoretical move enables him to include materials that articulate and complicate contemporary discourses. One comes away with an incredibly full picture of China's cultural politics, and a vivid sense of the multiple and layered meanings of reform in China." Gyan Prakash, Princeton University

"...underscore the unique qualities of Chinese culture..." Foreign Affairs

"...a worthwhile book...Streetlife China is potentially useful for teachers of modern China (history, society, politics, economics and gender) who wish to give their students a different taste of the vast Chinese banquet." Education About Asia

"...a worthwhile book that uncovers new ground in today's China. Let's hope that the present work is just a beginning. Streetlife China is potentially useful for teachers of modern China (history, society, politics, economics and gender) who wish to give their students a different taste of the vast Chinese banquet." Education About Asia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521631419
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Modern China Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Timeline on Chinese History
Streetlife Subalterns 1
Pt. I Rights, Traditions, Daily Life and Deviance 16
1 Rights and Traditions 23
Human Rights and Chinese Tradition 23
The Traditional Chinese View of the Cosmos and the Practices of Daily Life 31
The Gift of Self 39
The 'Gift' and the Confucian Notion of Propriety 40
2 Daily Life in the Work Unit 42
People of the Work Unit 42
The Work Unit: A Unique Form of Social Organisation 53
The Work Unit: 'Face' and Place 58
3 Defining 'Outsiders', Labelling Liumang 62
To be Defined a Liumang 63
Second-class Citizen 65
Homosexuals in Beijing 70
Pt. II The 'Strategies' of Government and 'Tactics' of the Subaltern 76
1 Analysis 81
Household Registration and the Caste-like Quality of Peasant Life 81
From Caste to Class: A Brief Introduction to A Third Eye 85
A Third Eye on China's Living Volcano 87
Peasant Movement: A Police Perspective 89
2 Government Strategies (1) 93
The Resident Identity Card and the Household Register 94
Registration Files, Registration Cards 97
Beijing's Fee for Residency Scheme 99
User Pays Beijing 100
The 'Bill' of Beef Street 103
Mass-line Policing: Weikeng Public Security Committee, Beijing 107
3 Government Strategies (2) 112
The Special Professions 113
The Special Population 115
Beggars, Prostitutes and Undesirables: The Internal Rules of the State 118
Transient Beggars in the City 120
Prostitution 125
Female Education and Fostering Centre 128
4 Subaltern Tactics, Government Response 130
Nursing Change 131
Beijing Baomu: Taking Beijing People's Money and Doing Beijingers' work 132
'Baomu Blues' 140
'Life on the Outside' 144
Zhejiang Village, Beijing: A Visit 147
Zhejiang Village: A Government Tale 152
Pt. III Naming, Framing, Marking 160
1 Naming 165
Revolutionary Culture 165
What's in a Name: Revolutionary China and the New Cosmology of the Name 169
What's in a Name: Traditional Chinese Cosmology and Naming 171
2 Framing 172
The Body According to the Acupuncturist 173
Mao's Body as Acupunctural Art 174
Male Body Parts 175
Female Body Parts 178
Slang Relating to Police 179
3 Marking 180
The World of the Tattoo 181
Tattoos: A Revival 182
The Tattoo of the Criminal 187
Pt. IV The Architecture of Life 192
1 City Space 196
Traditional Chinese Architecture and Hierarchy 196
On Beijing 197
Beijing: The City as Compound 200
2 Social Relations and the Architecture of Life 203
Clans, Gifts, Architecture 204
Traditional Chinese Architecture as Symbolic Hierarchy 207
Changing Compounds: From Compound Household to Work Unit 208
3 Out of the Work Unit 214
From a 'Person of the Work Unit' to a 'Social Person': Psychological Evolution Under the Impact of Reform 215
'One Family, Two Systems' 220
4 Changing Landscapes, Changing Mentalities 222
High Risk, High Rise: Changes in Work Unit Accommodation and the Problem of Crime 224
Compounds Old and New 228
Work Units and High Rise 229
Going Shopping 229
Buying Nation: Imperial and Commodified Renditions of Nationhood 231
Mapping Mao: From Cult to Commodity 232
From Mao Map to Tourist Trap 232
Mao Badges Enter the Market 235
Pt. V Stories of the Fetish: Tales of Chairman Mao 238
1 The Badge as Biography 242
Introduction to the Mao Badge (1) 243
Introduction to the Mao Badge (2) 244
Stories of 'Excess': Mao as Gift, Mao as Curse 245
Buying Mao: Then and Now 249
An Introduction to Wang Anting: China's 'Badge Master' 252
Interviews with the 'Badge Masters' Wang Anting and Dang Miao 253
The Story of Yan Xinlong 258
My Story 260
The Black Hole of Mao Zedong: The Art of Zhang Hongtu 262
Chinese Culture Drawn into the Market 265
Mao and the Revolution Enter the Market 269
Pt. VI Market Trainings 272
Tales of the Market, Tales of the Fetish: Stories from the Street 273
Select Bibliography 285
Index 290
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