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

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dc.identifier.citation Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 2010, 39 (4), pp. 53 - 69
dc.identifier.issn 1868-1026
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.
dc.publisher GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
dc.title Sex, City, and the Maid: Between Socialist Fantasies and Neoliberal Parables
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 39
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Leeds, UK en_US
dc.publocation Australia
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.conference Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 101631
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 2010-12-12
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.location.activity Perth, Western Australia
dc.description.keywords sex, domestic worker, China, cultural politics
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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