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Feb 13 2017

Book Review: The Anthropology of China: China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique by Charlotte Bruckermann and Stephan Feuchtwang

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In The Anthropology of China: China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique, authors Charlotte Bruckermann and Stephan Feuchtwang call for a new approach to the anthropology of China – one that seeks to bring China specialists into closer dialogue with more general … Continue reading

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May 23 2016

Flexibility in the field: Reflections on letting go of expectations and learning to work with unofficial research support

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I planned to conduct fieldwork in rural China with the help of research assistants.  I knew I needed advice and translation and hoped that I would find partners and friends to go into the field with me, as I didn’t … Continue reading

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Oct 21 2014

Encountering Chinese officials: bureaucratism, politics and power struggle

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Encountering officials is inevitable in many research projects in China. The encounter itself shows a snapshot of how local officialdom works. Being rejected by the officials, being unable to find the officials during office hours, being passing like a ball … Continue reading

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Apr 24 2014

Experiencing China’s verticality and exposing abstractions in altitude

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The following contribution explores some of the author’s experiences of living in three of China’s coastal cities, introducing the origins of the ideas that led to his PhD project that examined the Chinese state in both historical and spatial terms and … Continue reading

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Apr 10 2014

Rice wine and fieldwork in China: Some reflections on practicalities, positionality and ethical issues

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In China, social networking in both the professional and private spheres is usually achieved through group meals or banquets. Drinking is often an important element of these social events as a means of showing respect and friendship. Researchers who wish … Continue reading

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