The Poetry of Spiritual Homelessness: A Creative Practice of Coping with Industrial Alienation

Palgrave MacMillan
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Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche, 2012, 1, pp. 67 - 85
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Indust rialization involves a range of spatia l and institutional practices that "turn a young and rural body into an industri alized and productive laborer" (Pun 2005: 77), tra nsform ing " lazy" a nd "unproductive" laborers " bodies and minds, behaviours and beliefs, gestures and habits, and attitudes and aptitudes" (79). These practices incl ude placi ng the body on ind ividu ated positions on the assembly line (Rofel 1999), and imposing the t imeta ble. Note t he followi ng poem about how a dago"g (working for the boss) migrant reacts to the factory bell:
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