Translocal China

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Inter-disciplinary in approach, this collection of essays explores China’s reform era development within the concept of translocality.

A key element of spatial change in today’s China has been the unprecedented geographic mobility of millions of labour migrants, tourists, brides, entrepreneurs, and many others. But translocality doesn’t just mean people. It is crucially constituted by the circulation of capital, ideas, images, goods, styles, services, and disease to name but a few.

With contributions from well-respected China specialists, the essays focus simultaneously on mobilities and localities, drawing our attention to the multiplying forms of mobility in China whilst retaining the importance of localities in people’s lives. The book provides a clear path to understanding the importance of translocality as a concept along with concrete examples of its operation in China. Unique in approach, it is at once a study of the connections between location and culture, politics, economics, bodies, gender and technology.

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'This is an excellent collection of essays on the translocal flows of people and images within China, the construction of a translocal imaginary, and its implications for local identities.' - China Journal

'Elucidations of the connections among location, culture, politics, economics, bodies, gender and technology, and their representations of the fluidity of contemporary China make this a must-read book.' - Yajing Li, Cultural Geographies 2008

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Meet the Author

Tim Oakes is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Louisa Schein is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA

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Table of Contents

1. Translocal China: an introduction – Tim Oakes and Louisa Schein

2. The original translocal society and its modern fate: historical and post-reform south China – David Faure and Helen Siu

3. Shanxi as translocal imaginary: reforming the local – David S G Goodman

4. Openness, change and translocality: new migrants’ identification with Hainan – Feng Chongyi and Zhan Changzhi

5. How local are local enterprises? Privatization and translocality of small firms in Zhejiang and Jiangsu – Hans Hendrischke

6. Urban transformation and professionalization: translocality and rationalities of enterprise in post-Mao China – Lisa Hoffman

7. Symbolic city/regions and gendered identity formation in south China – Carolyn Cartier

8. "Net-Moms": a new place and a new identity – parenting discussion forums on the internet in China – Wang Gan

9. The village as theme park: mimesis and authenticity in Chinese tourism – Tim Oakes

10. The flows of heroin, people, capital, imagination and the spread of HIV in southwest China – Weng Naiqun

11. Negotiating scale: Miao women at a distance – Louisa Schein

12. The leaving of Anhui: the southward journey towards the knowledge class – Wanning Sun

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