BUILDING QUALITY? MIGRATION, SUZHI, AND SUBALTERN MASCULINITY IN THE SHANGHAI CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Leif Johnson
This doctoral dissertation providesa novel perspective on the everyday lives of construction workers in urban China, demonstrating the underpinnings of urban infrastructure and citizenship policy in affective and gendered relations surrounding the construction industry. Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Shanghai, China, this dissertation makes a series of three related arguments: First, focusing on the role that migrant labor plays in the construction of urban infrastructure in Shanghai, I argue that the physical...
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