Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-vii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

This book could not have been possible without the generosity, insights, and friendship of many people or without the support of numerous organizations, both in the United States and in China. I am thankful to the Annenberg School for Communication for generous funding while I was conducting ...

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Introduction: Mobile Bodies, Mobile Technologies, and Immobile Mobility

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pp. 1-28

The Harmony Market sits at a busy intersection near one of Beijing’s embassy districts, and like many indoor marketplaces erected in the city in the new millennium, it consists of several floors packed with vendors—mostly rural-to- urban migrants—selling everything from souvenirs and crafts to ..

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1. Market Reforms, Global Linkages, and (Dis)continuity in Post-Socialist China

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pp. 29-62

In October 2008, a graphic appeared in an online KDS forum populated mostly by Shanghai residents. Utilizing the international symbol for “prohibited,” it featured several words and abbreviations in both English and Chinese enclosed in a red circle with a red slash across it (see figure 2). In ...

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2. “My First Big Urban Purchase”: Mobile Technologies and Modern Subjectivity

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pp. 63-90

In the fall of 2006, I traveled each week to Changping, a suburb in the northwest of Beijing, to visit a group of thirty-two young women enrolled in a three-month computer course at the Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women. The school is overseen by the Beijing Cultural Development ...

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3. Navigating Mobile Networks of Sociality and Intimacy

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pp. 91-118

Jia Zhangke’s 2005 film The World (Shijie) revolves around the story of two young adult migrants, Tao and her boyfriend Taisheng, who are both employed at the World Park, an amusement park on the outskirts of Beijing, where superficial cosmopolitanism is embodied in scaled-down, kitschy ...

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4. Picturing the Self, Imagining the World

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pp. 119-143

One spring day I went to visit Li Yun, a friend who worked in one of the large marketplaces in Beijing. It was relatively early in the morning, and the lack of customers meant it was an ideal time for talking with Li Yun and her colleagues. On this particular day Li Yun introduced me to Zhao Ning, who ...

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5. Mobile Communication and Labor Politics

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pp. 145-175

“I must leave. I can’t take it anymore,” Zhang Yan Xia said, as she tried to hold back the tears rolling down her face. Liang Pei Juan stood silently to the side, her facial expression a mixture of anger and disbelief. Though it was mid-afternoon and they would normally have been at work, both young ...

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Conclusion: The Mobile Assemblage and Social Change in China

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pp. 177-188

Underlying this book are two profound transformations—one taking place within a country and one spanning the globe—that are indicative of the forces that constitute our current era. In China, the phenomena of globalization, urbanization, ...

Appendix: The Fieldwork

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pp. 189-193

Notes

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pp. 195-228

Bibliography

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pp. 229-255

Index

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pp. 257-263

About the Author

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pp. 264-264