Leave the Fields without Leaving the Countryside: Modernity and Mobility in Rural, Ethnic China

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dc.contributor.author Chio, Jenny en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:35:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2011004213 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Chio Jenny 2011, 'Leave the Fields without Leaving the Countryside: Modernity and Mobility in Rural, Ethnic China', Routledge, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 551-575. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3384 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18972
dc.description.abstract Studies of internal migration in contemporary China frequently focus on the movement of rural people to urban centers, while studies of Chinese tourism concentrate on the mobility of urban travelers. These approaches to mobility coincide neatly with established understandings of modernity, despite the fact that the Chinese government has tried to promote certain forms of rural modernization without mobilization?hence the national slogan ?leave the fields without leaving the countryside.? This article complicates the relationship between modernity and mobility in China by examining mobility from the perspective of returned migrants in rural, ethnic minority tourism villages. Through the analysis of five migrants' stories of travel, I explore the ordering of mobility, or how differing types of mobility come to be re-signified in times of immense social change and the consequences of these symbolic shifts on local understandings of ethnic identity and rural livelihoods. My argument builds on analytical frameworks of mobility in post-reform China by examining how mobility itself has been ordered in ways that reveal particular desire, inequalities, and power relations. By exploring how mobility both orders social relationships and how different forms of mobility, such as tourism or migration, come to be ordered in relation to each other, I draw attention to how mobility, and by extension immobility, generates the conditions of possibility for tourism village residents to make sense of the potential and paradoxes of rural, ethnic tourism development in contemporary China. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2011.672858 en_US
dc.title Leave the Fields without Leaving the Countryside: Modernity and Mobility in Rural, Ethnic China en_US
dc.parent Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power en_US
dc.journal.volume 18 en_US
dc.journal.number 6 en_US
dc.publocation London en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 551 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 575 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.A/DR&D China Research Centre en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 160100 en_US
dc.personcode 108233 en_US
dc.percentage 50 en_US
dc.classification.name Anthropology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords tourism, migration, rural development, modernity, ethnic identity, Guizhou, Guangxi, China en_US
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dc.staffid 108233 en_US


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