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

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dc.contributor.author Chio, JT
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 2011, 18 (6), pp. 551 - 575
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3384
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 mobilizationhence 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.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/1070289X.2011.672858
dc.title Leave the Fields without Leaving the Countryside: Modernity and Mobility in Rural, Ethnic China
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
dc.journal.volume 6
dc.journal.volume 18
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 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.for 1601 Anthropology
dc.personcode 108233
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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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/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Social and Political Change Group
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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