Streetlife China

Streetlife China

Book - 1998
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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. 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.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780521631419
0521631416
9780521637190
0521637198
Branch Call Number: 951.058 STREETLIFE
Characteristics: xiii, 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dutton, Michael Robert

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