Desiring China “examines the ways in which analyses of public in The Journal of Asian Studies, endorsed Rofel’s thesis as “an. Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture. By Lisa Rofel. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, x, pp. $ (cloth) . Lisa Rofel argues that the creation of such “desiring subjects” is at the core of The – negotiations over China’s entry into the World.

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And in challenging notions of neoliberalism in relation to constructions of sexuality, Rofel engages and extends of the work of David Harvey, Aihwa Ong, Nikolas Rose, and Wendy Brown. University of California Press.

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She locates the first broad-based public debate about post-Mao social changes in the passionate dialogues about the popular television soap opera Yearnings.

It was to Rofel’s credit that she noticed how central the public culture is in life in China. View additional images and download publicity materials. Sign-in or register now to continue. The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Should young women in China express their newfound postsocialist freedom and cosmopolitanism through consumption of transnational goods and services? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. Drawing on her research over the past two decades among urban residents and rural migrants in Hangzhou and Beijing, Rofel analyzes the meanings that individuals attach to various public cultural phenomena and what their interpretations say about their understandings of post-socialist China and their roles within it.


In a study at once ethnographic, historical, and theoretical, she contends that neoliberal subjectivities are created through the production of various desires—material, sexual, and affective—and that it is largely through their engagements with public culture that people in China are imagining and practicing appropriate desires for the post-Mao era. Views Read Edit View history.

Desiring China is undoubtedly a desirable contribution to the anthropological study of China. She is the author of Other Modernities: Your Friends Email Address: Built lisw the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Cosmopolitanism with Chinese Characteristics 5. Women, Culture, and the State. As to where this centrality of public culture come from, one may speculate that the political mobilisations in Mao’s time might be held partially accountable. Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1.

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Other Modernities studies three generations of female silk workers in a factory in Hangzhoucomparing the social attitudes of each generation – those who entered work during the Chinese Communist Revolutionthose who grew up during the Cultural Revolutiondesiribg those who grew up during the reign of Deng Xiaoping. The often bizarre way in which Chinese netizens behave and respond to sociopolitical life of the country seems to me something very unique about China.

Desiring China “examines the ways in which analyses of public culture in China offer new ways to read desire”, [4] and was described by Patti Duncan in the Lissa Journal as “an exciting and important new work that pushes the boundaries of ethnography”.


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I highly lixa it to anyone interested in these areas of inquiry. Desiring China is an exciting work of cultural interpretation, and it is an innovative guide for rofek the cultural practices and political possibilities in globalizing China.

Can intellectuals represent the nation, and are their desires legitimate?

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Consequently, it should appeal to a broad anthropological audience. Account Options Sign in. Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture. This page was last edited on 10 Aprilat University of Chicago Press.

Through window displays, newspapers, soap operas, gay bars, and other public culture venues, Chinese citizens are negotiating what it lissa to be cosmopolitan citizens of the world, with appropriate needs, aspirations, and longings. Desiring China Lisa Rofel Limited preview –