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Unhomely Life

Modernity, Mobilities and the Making of Home in China

Su, Xiaobo

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1. Auflage Mai 2024
256 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-394-17630-4
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How do Chinas mobile individuals create a sense of home in a rapidly changing world?

Unhomely life, different from houselessness, refers to a fluctuating condition between losing home feelings and the search for home -- a prevalent condition in post-Mao China. The faster that Chinese society modernizes, the less individuals feel at home, and the more they yearn for a sense of home. This is the central paradox that Xiaobo Su explores: how mobile individuals--lifestyle migrants and retreat tourists from China's big cities, displaced natives and rural migrants in peripheral China--handle the loss of home and try to experience a homely way of life.

In Unhomely Life, Xiaobo Su examines the subjective experiences of mobile individuals to better understand why they experience the loss of home feelings and how they search for home. Integrating extensive empirical data and a robust theoretical framework, the author presents a journey-based critical analysis of "home" under constant making, un-making, and re-making in post-Mao China. Su argues that the making of home is not a solely economic or rational calculation for maximum return, but rather a synthesis of resistance and compromise under the disappointing conditions of modernity.

Offering rich insights into the continuity and disruption of China's great transformation, Unhomely Life:
* Develops an original theory of unhomely life that incorporates contemporary research and traditional Chinese ideas of home
* Explores the process of homemaking and its implications for understanding the costs of high-speed economic growth in China
* Analyzes mobile individuals across different genders, ages, ethnicities, social classes, and economic backgrounds to address the balance between meaning and money in everyday life

Containing in-depth and sophisticated empirical data collected from 2002 to 2020, Unhomely Life: Modernity, Mobilities, and the Making of Home in China is an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, lecturers, and academic researchers in cultural studies, migration, tourism, China studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, and social and cultural geography.

Xiaobo Su is a Professor of Urban and Regional Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. He is the co-author of The Politics of Heritage Tourism in China: A View from Lijiang and serves on the editorial boards of Geopolitics and Tourism Tribute. His research investigates China's transformation from a planned economy to a market economy, focused on urban and regional development, tourism, migration, urban entrepreneurialism, and border politics.

X. Su, University of Oregon, USA