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Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media, and Cultural Practices - Asia/Pacific/Perspectives (Hardback)
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Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media, and Cultural Practices - Asia/Pacific/Perspectives (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 11/09/2014
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In this book, Wanning Sun illuminates the harsh reality of inequality and discrimination that China's rural migrant workers face every day, and how these workers use available media to negotiate these injustices. This book is essential reading for all concerned with the growing use of media in the cultural politics of our highly digitalized world.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442236776
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 161 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wanning Sun's Subaltern China succeeds in making an original intervention in an already crowded field. The value of this study lies in its emphasis on cultural productions not only about but by rural migrant workers. . . .Sun offers a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of these cultural expressions of workers' voices. . . .I could not put this book down once I began to read it. Sun offers us a close-up view of workers' hopes and desires, pains and disappointments, and understandings of their exploited situations, putting these in the context of neoliberal economic growth. I look forward to teaching this book in my classes. * China Quarterly *
This is a conceptually sophisticated and ethnographically rich analysis of the cultural politics of China's rural migrant workers. * Duke East Asia Nexus (DEAN) *
This is a highly original and extremely timely work of first-class scholarship. By focusing on migrant workers and foregrounding the media and cultural politics of inequality in contemporary China, Wanning Sun has offered a compelling and much-needed corrective to dominant narratives about 'China's rise.' -- Yuezhi Zhao, Simon Fraser University; author of Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict
Infusing a rich media study with an engaged ethnography, Wanning Sun innovatively unravels the contested and nuanced relationship between the state and the subalterns of migrant workers, who appropriate and resist hegemonic media forms, and at the same time invent new genres and forms to reconstruct and reposition themselves. An intriguing read, this book is a major contribution to the cultural politics of social inequality and class in contemporary China. -- Tiantian Zheng, State University of New York, Cortland
Wanning Sun's original, probing, and poignant exposure of the voice of China's rural migrants in their role as subaltern artist captures a heretofore unknown dimension of the underbelly hidden beneath China's storied economic success. This heady, jarring, and powerfully written and argued treatise on the cultural politics of this underclass sparkles with insights, empathy, and nuance, as it traces both the possibilities for and the depoliticization of this egregious emblem of the country's searing inequality. -- Dorothy J. Solinger, University of California, Irvine
Only recently have we started to get a sense of the hidden fault lines of social struggle in contemporary China and how media practices are implicated. Wanning Sun's remarkable new book is a crucial landmark in this expanding literature. Passionate and engaged, drawing on rich fieldwork from a variety of sites, Sun gives us a vivid sense of how more than 260 million migrant workers use and appropriate mainstream and personal media in their search for some form of political voice. Essential reading. -- Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science

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