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Driving Toward Modernity - by Jun Zhang (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Book theme: Cultural & Social

Author: Jun Zhang

Language: English

TCIN: 78662150
UPC: 9781501738401
Item Number (DPCI): 247-10-7281


In Driving toward Modernity, Jun Zhang ethnographically explores the entanglement between the rise of the automotive regime and emergence of the middle class in South China. Focusing on the Pearl River Delta, one of the nation's wealthiest regions, Zhang shows how private cars have shaped everyday middle-class sociality, solidarity, and subjectivity, and how the automotive regime has helped make the new middle classes of the PRC. By carefully analyzing how physical and social mobility intertwines, Driving toward Modernity paints a nuanced picture of modern Chinese life, comprising the continuity and rupture as well as the structure and agency of China's great transformation.

--Luigi Tomba, The University of Synedy, author of The Government Next Door
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