Privatizing China Socialism from Afar

ISBN-10: 0801473780

ISBN-13: 9780801473784

Edition: 2008

Authors: Li Zhang, Aihwa Ong

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Everyday life in China is increasingly shaped by a novel mix of neoliberal and socialist elements, of individual choices and state objectives. This combination of self-determination and socialism from afar has incited profound changes in the ways individuals think and act in different spheres of society. Covering a vast range of daily life-from homeowner organizations and the users of Internet cafs to self-directed professionals and informed consumers-the essays in Privatizing China create a compelling picture of the burgeoning awareness of self-governing within the postsocialist context. The introduction by Aihwa Ong and Li Zhang presents assemblage as a concept for studying China as a unique postsocialist society created through interactions with global forms. The authors conduct their ethnographic fieldwork in a spectrum of domains-family, community, real estate, business, taxation, politics, labor, health, professions, religion, and consumption-that are infiltrated by new techniques of the self and yet also regulated by broader socialist norms. Privatizing China gives readers a grounded, fine-grained intimacy with the variety and complexity of everyday conduct in China's turbulent transformation.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Li Zhangis a Research Fellow in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was awarded the European Studies in Asia (ESiA) Young Academic’s Research Fellowship by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in 2009 and took the fellowship in the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the European Union Centre in Singapore. She holds a PhD in International Communications from the University of Leeds.

Introduction: Privatizing China: Powers of the Self, Socialism from Afar
Powers of Property
Emerging Class Practices
Private Homes, Distinct Lifestyles: Performing a New Middle Class
Property Rights and Homeowner Activism in New Neighborhoods
Accumulating Land and Money
Socialist Land Masters: The Territorial Politics of Accumulation
Tax Tensions: Struggles over Income and Revenue
Negotiating Neoliberal Values
"Reorganized Moralism": The Politics of Transnational Labor Codes
Neoliberalism and Hmong/Miao Transnational Media Ventures
Powers of the Self
Taking Care of One's Health
Consuming Medicine and Biotechnology in China
Should I Quit? Tobacco, Fraught Identity, and the Risks of Governmentality
Wild Consumption: Relocating Responsibilities in the Time of SARS
Managing the Professional Self
Post-Mao Professionalism: Self-enterprise and Patriotism
Self-fashioning Shanghainese: Dancing across Spheres of Value
Search for the Self in New Publics
Living Buddhas, Netizens, and the Price of Religious Freedom
Privatizing Control: Internet Cafes in China
Afterword: Thinking Outside the Leninist Corporate Box
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