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The Resource In search of paradise : middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis, Li Zhang

In search of paradise : middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis, Li Zhang

Label
In search of paradise : middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis
Title
In search of paradise
Title remainder
middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis
Statement of responsibility
Li Zhang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A new revolution in homeownership and living has been sweeping the booming cities of China. This time the main actors on the social stage are not peasants, migrants, or working-class proletariats but middle-class professionals and entrepreneurs in search of a private paradise in a society now dominated by consumerism. No longer seeking happiness and fulfillment through collective sacrifice and socialist ideals, they hope to find material comfort and social distinction in newly constructed gated communities. This quest for the good life is profoundly transforming the physical and social landscapes of urban China. Li Zhang, who is from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, turns a keen ethnographic eye on her hometown. She combines her analysis of larger political and social issues with fine-grained details about the profound spatial, cultural, and political effects of the shift in the way Chinese urban residents live their lives and think about themselves. In Search of Paradise is a deeply informed account of how the rise of private homeownership is reconfiguring urban space, class subjects, gender selfhood, and ways of life in the reform era. New, seemingly individualistic lifestyles mark a dramatic move away from yearning for a social utopia under Maoist socialism. Yet the privatization of property and urban living have engendered a simultaneous movement of public engagement among homeowners as they confront the encroaching power of the developers. This double movement of privatized living and public sphere activism, Zhang finds, is a distinctive feature of the cultural politics of the middle classes in contemporary China. Theoretically sophisticated and highly accessible, Zhang's account will appeal not only to those interested in China but also to anyone interested in spatial politics, middle-class culture, and postsocialist governing in a globalizing world
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965 May-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zhang, Li
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cornell paperbacks
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Housing
  • Real estate business
  • Middle class
  • Privatization
  • Land use
  • City planning
  • Kunming Shi (China)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • City planning
  • Geography
  • Housing
  • Land use
  • Middle class
  • Privatization
  • Real estate business
  • China
  • Mittelstand
  • Wohneigentum
  • Immobiliengeschäft
  • Sozialer Wandel
  • China
  • Kun ming
  • Mittelstand
  • Grossstadt
  • Wohnen
  • Wohnstandard
  • Städtebau
  • Wohnungsmarkt
  • Kunming
Label
In search of paradise : middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis, Li Zhang
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Farewell to welfare housing
  • Unlocking the real estate machine
  • Emerging landscapes of living
  • Spatializing class
  • Accumulation by displacement
  • Recasting self-worth
  • Privatizing community governing and its limits
Control code
ocn726824176
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 248 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459436
Lccn
2009041332
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
3177805
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4stqc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824176
Label
In search of paradise : middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis, Li Zhang
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Farewell to welfare housing
  • Unlocking the real estate machine
  • Emerging landscapes of living
  • Spatializing class
  • Accumulation by displacement
  • Recasting self-worth
  • Privatizing community governing and its limits
Control code
ocn726824176
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 248 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459436
Lccn
2009041332
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
3177805
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4stqc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824176

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