Everyday Modernity in China
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Washington Press
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This volume would not have been possible without the generous support given to us by the following institutions at the University of Washington: the China Studies Program and the International Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies; the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities; and the Project for Critical Asian Studies...
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As much as we might try to dispel the conflation of the temporal concept "modern" with the spatial notion called "the West," this conflation is still everywhere and every day reproduced by capitalist and state forces that propel us at terrific speed toward what is rather misleadingly termed "globalization."1 Part of the problem, as many postcolonial...
1. Out of the Ordinary: Implications of Material Culture and Daily Life in China
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Trends in the field of modern Chinese history since the 1970s in the West might well be summarized by three Chinese idioms, each representing a major shift: cong wai dao li (from outside to inside), cong da dao xiao (from big to small), and cong shang dao xia (from top to bottom). During this time the field has moved significantly from the once dominating trend of research...
2. The Violence of the Everyday in Early Twentieth-Century China
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In the prefatory remarks to his famed 1903 pamphlet Nüjie zhong (A bell for the women's world), the social critic Jin Yi commented, "There is not a place in today's world where male domination of women has not triumphed; if they are not treated as playthings, then they are used as colonized territory...
3. Discursive Community and the Genealogy of Scientific Categories
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The May Fourth New Culture movement emerged in the intellectual environment and process of institution building in China during the late Qing-early republican era. It was an expression of the profound changes taking place in regimes of knowledge and educational structures at the time. Old versus new...
4. The Modernity of Savings, 1900-1937
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Any economist familiar with contemporary China can attest to the importance of individual and household savings deposits, but the roots of the institutional framework for household savings reach back to the early twentieth century and have received little attention either inside or outside China.1 Small...
5. Reimagining China: Xiamen, Overseas Chinese, and a Transnational Modernity
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In a February 1920 article titled "Twentieth-Century Overseas Chinese," an overseas Chinese originally from the Fujian port city of Xiamen argued that what overseas Chinese (huaqiao) needed was to get away from the "falseness" of Western society.1 During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...
6. Shanghai's China Traveler
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In an article published in the magazine China Traveler in 1933, Ye Qiuyuan enunciated the meaning of tourism in modern life. Words in Western languages flashed throughout the Chinese text: "I love traveling because I am a modern person.....And tourisme is an activity that belongs to modern...
7. Self-Development of Migrant Women and the Production of Suzhi (Quality) as Surplus Value
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How could Xiaohong---a migrant from Anhui who had worked as a domestic in Beijing for several years---have had the realization expressed in the first epigraph? How could she have experienced such a desire to enact in herself a change that would dislodge her from a practice that has, in recent ethnographic...
8. The Remains of the Everyday: One Hundred Years of Recycling in Beijing
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An August 2001 article in the Southern Capital News titled "Suspecting his junk has been stolen, [man] brutally beats his fellow traveler" began: "While on a passenger train, Mr. Jia beat and critically injured his colleague [tonghang] Mr. Luo in a struggle over a single empty plastic spring-water bottle."1 According...
9. From Provision to Exchange: Legalizing the Market in China's Urban Water Supply
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The establishment of the "rule of law" has been a policy priority in China since the 1980s. In the transition from a planned to a market economy, the Chinese government has placed increasing emphasis on legal institutions in the regulation of economic and social life. This emphasis on rule of law is very...
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Publication Year: 2006