When Chinese women meet tightening political space and consumerism: power reproduction and resistance

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2019 - 2023 (ongoing)
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Department of Languages and Cultures
Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication

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The current historical moment is defined by several monumental challenges in China and globally: Growing authoritarianism, foregrounding gender issues, reactionary attacks on gender and minorities, dependence on digital technologies and social media platforms, to name but a few. These social transformations on the one hand are based on the heritage of the past while on the other hand are emerging with new characteristics and embody power struggles of new patterns.

 

To understand them provides us an important channel to know more about the hegemony as well as contestations exemplified in the consumption of popular culture which, according to Hall, is “the arena of consent and resistance” and the site “partly where hegemony arises, and where it is secured” (p.192). Therefore, in my PhD project, I will specifically zoom in and focus on how the tightening political space and growing consumerism impact Chinese women and feminism development in mainland China. 

 

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