Living in the Margins in Mainland China, Hong Kong and India: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Living in the Margins in Mainland China, Hong Kong and India

1st Edition

Edited by Wing Chung Ho, Florence Padovani


224 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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With a range of case studies from Asia, this book sheds light on empirical realizations of marginality in a globalized context using first-hand original research.

In the late 2000s, the financial crisis witnessed the fragility of high levels of market integration and the vulnerability of globalisation. Since then, the world seems to have entered an epoch of anxiety featuring populism with varying degrees of protectionism and nationalism. What is the nature of this populist mood as a backlash against globalisation? How do people feel about it and act upon it? Why should specific intellectual attention be paid to the increasingly marginalised by the recent macroscopic structural changes? These are the questions addressed by the contributors this book, illustrated with specific cases from mainland China, Hong Kong and India, all of which have undergone substantial populist or nationalist movements since 2010.

A valuable resource for Sociologists looking to understand the impacts of globalization, especially those with a particular interest in Asia.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


List of Figures

List of Tables and Boxes

Introduction: Why Use the Concept of Marginality Today? (Wing Chung Ho and Florence Padovani)

Part Ⅰ: Margins in Mainland China: The Rural-Urban Interface

1. Home for Fewer People: The Demolishment of the Sun Palace Farmers’ Market and Its Long-term Effect on Lower-skilled Population in Beijing (Yulin Chen, Fei Yan, Yue Yang, and Hengyu Liu)

2. Rural “Dama” in China’s Urbanisation: From Rural Left-behind to Urban Strangers (Jing Song and Lulu Li)

Part II: Margins in Mainland China: Shanghai

3. When a Marginal Area is Transformed into a Tourist Hot Spot: Tianzifang in Shanghai (Florence Padovani)

4. Cemeteries in Shanghai: Beyond the Margins (Maylis Bellocq)

Part III: Margins in Hong Kong

5. “My Community Doesn’t Belong to Me Anymore!” Tourism-driven Spatial Change and Radicalise Identity Politics in Hong Kong (Alex Chen Siu Kin and Wing Chung Ho)

6. Surviving the Collective Subjectivity of Choy Yuen Village: From Multiple Marginalizations to Irreversible Resistance (Linda Tjia Yin-nor)

Part IV: Margins in India

7. Waste in the Urban Margins: The Example of Delhi’s Waste-Pickers (Rémi de Bercegol and Shankare Gowda)

8. Living on the Margins of the Legal City in the Southern Periphery of Chennai: A Case of Cumulative Marginalities (Véronique Dupont and R. Dhanalakshmi)


About the Editors

Wing Chung Ho is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at City University of Hong Kong.

Florence Padovani is Director of the Sino-French Research Centre in Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Associate Professor at Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

About the Series

Margins of Development

This book series is concerned with the most recent emerging production of margins in different societies. It is about the people who feel, at best, ignored by and, at worst, further or newly marginalized by systemic changes in labour and capital movements and local state programmes and policies. It draws inspiration from sociology and anthropology’s overarching aim to explore and better understand the condition of people who feel that they are living on the margins of society under the contours of development. Although sociology and anthropology provide the guiding framework, we invite contributions from related disciplines and fields of study including development studies, human geography, migration and refugee studies, labour studies, leisure and tourism studies, cultural studies, feminist studies.
We want to expand the old boundaries of marginality studies. The actors involved can extend from poor migrants to other actors in society who feel marginalized. The subject matter involved can extend from resource and power distributions to the pursuits of particular cultural values and lifestyles.

If you would like to propose a book for this series, please contact Dr Wing Chung Ho, Hong Kong City University, [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies