1st Edition

Women Migrants in Southern China and Taiwan
Mobilities, Digital Economies and Emotions

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ISBN 9780367683832
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book, based on extensive original research, explores the lives and the social, economic and emotional activities of Chinese migrant women during their migrations and mobilities in China, from China to Taiwan, from Taiwan to China and in between the two countries. It illustrates how women on the move experience social contempt, misrecognition and economic marginalization; how women migrants seek autonomy, economic independence, upward social mobility and modernity, but discover the Chinese inegalitarian social order and labour regimes which produce obstacles and impede their ambitions; and how old and new forms of subalternity are re-produced. Overall, the book emphasises what it feels like for the women migrants as they negotiate their way between subalternity and resistance, between subordinated labour and independent entrepreneurship, and between an inegalitarian labour market and new opportunities for business and commerce.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I On the Move 1. Becoming dagong mei: modernity and urban imaginaries 2. Geographies of migrations and globalised labour regimes 3. Should I stay or should I go? Part II Connectedness 4. Trapped in migration 5. Affections, Social Ties, and Digital Worlds 6. E-entrepreneurship, capitalisms, and globalisation Part III In-betweenness 7. Re-migration biographies and geographies 8. Here and there 9. Cross-border existences, cosmopolitan biographies Concluding remarks

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Beatrice Zani is a Lecturer in the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), Lyon, France