By Xiaodong Lin
Rural-urban migration inside of China has remodeled and reshaped rural people’s lives up to now few many years, and has been probably the most obvious phenomena of the commercial reforms enacted because the overdue Seventies. while Feminist students have addressed rural women’s event of fight and empowerment in city China, by contrast, examine on rural men’s event of migration is a overlooked quarter of analysis. In reaction, this ebook seeks to deal with the absence of male migrant staff as a gendered classification in the present literature on rural-urban migration.
Examining chinese language male migrant staff’ identification formation, this booklet explores their event of rural-urban migration and their prestige as an rising area of a dislocated city operating classification. It seeks to appreciate problems with gender and sophistication during the rural migrant men’s narratives in the context of China’s modernization, and gives an in-depth research of the way those males make experience in their new lives within the speedily modernizing, post-Mao China with its emphasis on growth and improvement. extra, this ebook makes use of the men’s personal narratives to problem the elite assumption that rural men’s low prestige is as a result of their failure to undertake a contemporary city id and way of life. Drawing on interviews with 28 male rural migrants, Xiaodong Lin unpacks the gender politics of chinese language males and masculinities, and in flip contributes to a better knowing of world masculinities in a world context.
This e-book should be of significant curiosity to scholars and students operating within the fields of chinese language tradition and society, gender experiences, migration stories, sociology and social anthropology.
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Conclusion This chapter has critically examined the public gaze and the cultural production of masculinities during the transformation of particular historical contexts. It historically traces the discursive formation of peasant workers from the pre reform to the postMao reform period. It explores shifting and contradictory 42 Representing 'peasant workers' representations of Chinese (male) peasant workers within public narratives government, media and art in order to problematize their portrayal that circulate across public arenas.
2008) in order to remove institutional barriers resulting from ruralurban divisions. (2008), supports the citizenization of peasant workers, maintaining that it is a funda mental principle of social justice to tackle the issues raised by peasant workers and ruralurban labour migration. Wang (2009) crit ically points out that the integration of peasant workers into a general citizenship system may indicate the end of the term 'peasant worker' but not the end of the problems initiated by it.
Future research in this area of inquiry might address possible alternative futures for peasant workers, in terms of class mobilization and/or a cultural poli tics of difference that acknowledges the complex interconnections of multiple power relations. However, the problem is that they do not acknowledge the diverse experiences of peasant workers within the current socioeconomic context, but rather position them as a result of Chinese modernization with a similar stable and fixed life experience (see Wang, 2009).
Gender, Modernity and Male Migrant Workers in China: Becoming a 'Modern' Man by Xiaodong Lin
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