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

ISBN 9780367511128
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
218 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 of 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)


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Wing Chung Ho is 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.