How could Xiaohong-a migrant from Anhui who had worked as a domestic in Beijing for several years-have had the realization expressed in the first epigraph? How could she have experienced such a desire to enact in herself a change that would dislodge her from a practice that has, in recent ethnographic writing, been celebrated as "everyday resistance"? These questions lead me to explore the larger discursive context that enabled her to disavow her previous practice as a sign of her and her fellow domestics' deficiency in suzhi (quality).1 In the time-space of flexible accumulation that conjoins state and capital in post-Mao China at the turn of the twenty-first century, a subaltern subjectivity such as hers is a specific sociohistorical formation.
|Title of host publication||Everyday Modernity in China|
|Publisher||University of Washington Press|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)