Book ID: CBB392582296

Queer Chinese cultures and mobilities : Kinship, migration, and middle classes (2020)


John Wei (Author)

Hong Kong University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Edition Details: Book Series: Queer Asia
Physical Details: 206
Language: English

In Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities, John Wei brings light to the germination and movements of queer cultures and social practices in today's China and Sinophone Asia. While many scholars attribute China's emergent queer cultures to the neoliberal turn and the global political landscape, Wei refuses to take these assumptions for granted. He finds that the values and pitfalls of the development-induced mobilities and post-development syndromes have conjointly structured and sustained people's ongoing longings and sufferings under the dual pressure of compulsory familism and compulsory development. While young gay men are increasingly mobilized in their decision-making to pursue sociocultural and socioeconomic capital to afford a queer life, the ubiquitous and compulsory mobilities have significantly reshaped and redefined today's queer kinship structure, transnational cultural network, and social stratification in China and capitalist Asia. With Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities, Wei interrogates the meanings and functions of mobilities at the forefront of China's internal transformation and international expansion for its great dream of revival, when gender and sexuality have become increasingly mobilized with geographical, cultural, and social class migrations and mobilizations beyond traditional and conventional frameworks, categories, and boundaries. (Publisher)

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The University of Chicago Press
Liveright Publishing Corporation A Division of W.W. Norton and Company
University of Minnesota Press
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Science and technology studies (STS)
Land transportation
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
South Korea
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