Sex, City, and the Maid: Between Socialist Fantasies and Neoliberal Parables

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Show simple item record Sun, Wanning en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US 2012-02-02T11:04:21Z 2012-02-02T11:04:21Z 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2010000868 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sun Wanning 2010, 'Sex, City, and the Maid: Between Socialist Fantasies and Neoliberal Parables', GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 53-69. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1868-1026 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Of the many rural migrant workers who go to Chinese cities as cheap labourers, the one who interacts most intimately with urban residents is the domestic servant. In fact, precisely because of this ?intimate stranger? status, the figure of the ?maid? has captured the imagination of the urban population. This fascination is evidenced by the plethora of television narratives centring on the fraught relationships between the rural migrant woman and her male employer. This paper analyses a range of television narratives from the genres of dramas and documentaries. It shows that in these narratives, sex functions as the metaphor of social inequality between two social groups. It shows that if we explore how love, romance and marriage are constructed, we may gain some insight into processes of social and ideological contestation in the domain of cultural production. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies en_US
dc.title Sex, City, and the Maid: Between Socialist Fantasies and Neoliberal Parables en_US
dc.parent Journal of Current Chinese Affairs en_US
dc.journal.volume 39 en_US
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Leeds, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 53 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 69 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 160800 en_US
dc.personcode 101631 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
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dc.description.keywords sex, domestic worker, China, cultural politics en_US
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dc.staffid 101631 en_US

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