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Streetlife China : Cambridge Modern China (Paperback) - Michael Dutton

Streetlife China

Cambridge Modern China (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 13th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521637190
Number Of Pages: 324

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This imaginative and incisive collection of pieces about life in contemporary China reveals, like a series of snapshots, a picture of the lives of ordinary people and the rules and rituals that govern their daily existence. Key themes surface: in particular, the emergence of a consumer culture driven by the market, and the way in which this intersects with the "floating population" of vagrants, prostitutes and liumang (hooligans). We see how, in turn, the official strategies of the state deal with this perceived social disorder and how the street responds. Underlying much of the discussion of contestation and transformation is the notion of human rights. Street life is shown to be a creative, dynamic, dissenting, deviant and often compliant aspect of the economic, political and cultural face of China. Articles, written by Chinese scholars and journalists, as well as reports, official documents and interviews, all engaging and interesting in themselves, range from discussions of the work unit system to architecture, murder rates, acupuncture and Mao fetishes. Some of the pieces are quirky: we learn about the Chinese version of "Monopoly," translated as Entrepreneur, the Chinese Ethnic Culture theme park and the increasing popularity of tatoos, for example. Readers are guided through the book by extensive commentary written by Michael Dutton. There will be no better introduction to the discourses of contemporary China, and few more entertaining, vivid and stimulating accounts of shifts in cultural life and politics.

Industry Reviews

'Dutton describes this wonderful book as 'a treasure box of possibilities. Possibilities both for Chinese society and for those of us in the business of making sense of it.' You never know what you will come across in its pages ... It is endlessly interesting.' The Guardian 'Michael Dutton is in the option of this reviewer the most gifted China analyst working today with poststructuralist methods and concepts.' Arif Kirlik, Duke University 'Streetlife China is a well-researched and intelligent look at some of the losers of economic reform in China ... [It] provides a wealth of information on the darker side of the Chinese economic miracle, information available elsewhere in English. This is an aspect of China that, I suspect, will continue to grow in political significance and news worthiness during the next few years.' The Australian 'Dutton has produced a book rippling with fascinating , sometimes bizarre, detail. It is yet another China. He puts it succinctly when he says it is 'a story that begins in a back street and never really leaves it'.' Panorama, Canberra Times 'As always, there are two Chinas: the official and the unofficial. and while experts dissect every word that Beijing's bosses say, the ordinary Chinese on the street are doing what they've always done: going about the struggle of daily life, whether selling Mao badges or posters (regaining popularity), finding a life partner, or - for under one percent of the population, 'an awful lot of people' - resorting to crime. Dutton's text is mesmeric in weaving these diverse backstreet threads into mainstream visions.' The Weekend Australian

Streetlife Subalterns
Rights, Traditions, Daily Life and Deviance
Rights and traditions
Daily life in the work unit
Defining 'outsiders', labelling Liumang
The 'Strategies' of Government and 'Tactics' of the Subaltern
Government strategies I
Government strategies II
Subaltern tactics and government response
Naming, Framing, Marking
The Architecture of Life
City space
Social relations and the architecture of life
Out of the work unit
Changing landscapes, changing mentalities
Stories of the Fetish
Chairman Mao
Market Trainings
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ISBN: 9780521637190
ISBN-10: 0521637198
Series: Cambridge Modern China (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 13th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.04 x 17.37  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.64