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Anxious Wealth Money and Morality among China's New Rich

ISBN-10: 0804783543
ISBN-13: 9780804783545
Edition: 2013
Authors: John Osburg
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Description: Who exactly are China's new rich? This pioneering investigation introduces readers to the private lives—and the nightlives—of the powerful entrepreneurs and managers redefining success and status in the city of Chengdu. Over the course of more than  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Who exactly are China's new rich? This pioneering investigation introduces readers to the private lives—and the nightlives—of the powerful entrepreneurs and managers redefining success and status in the city of Chengdu. Over the course of more than three years, anthropologist John Osburg accompanied, and in some instances assisted, wealthy Chinese businessmen as they courted clients, partners, and government officials.Drawing on his immersive experiences, Osburg invites readers to join him as he journeys through the new, highly gendered entertainment sites for Chinese businessmen, including karaoke clubs, saunas, and massage parlors—places specifically designed to cater to the desires and enjoyment of elite men. Within these spaces, a masculinization of business is taking place. Osburg details the complex code of behavior that governs businessmen as they go about banqueting, drinking, gambling, bribing, exchanging gifts, and obtaining sexual services.These intricate social networks play a key role in generating business, performing social status, and reconfiguring gender roles. But many entrepreneurs feel trapped by their obligations and moral compromises in this evolving environment. Ultimately, Osburg examines their deep ambivalence about China's future and their own complicity in the major issues of post-Mao Chinese society—corruption, inequality, materialism, and loss of trust.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Entertaining Is My Job": Masculinity, Sexuality, and Alliances Among Chengdu's Entrepreneurs
"Relationships Are the Law": Elite Networks and Corruption in Contemporary China
From Fruit Plates to License Plates: Consumption, Status, and Recognition Among Chengdu's Elite
Women Entrepreneurs and the "Beauty Economy" Sexuality, Morality, and Wealth
Conclusion: Elite Networks and Public Morality
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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