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From Village to CitySocial Transformation in a Chinese County Seat$
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Andrew B. Kipnis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289703

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289703.001.0001

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Distant Homes or a New Life

Distant Homes or a New Life

Migrant Workers from Afar

(p.158) Seven Distant Homes or a New Life
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

This chapter depicts the lives of migrants to Zouping who come from distant locales. It depicts the effects of this migration on their kinship arrangements and their experiences with factory work. Because discussion of the reasons for their moving to Zouping involves their hopes for the future, this chapter explores the theoretical literature on the anthropology of hope and examines the ways in which hopes for the future carry cultural idioms from the past. Because their hopes were in danger of not being realized, the chapter also analyzes the despair and alienation of these migrants.

Keywords:   long distant migration, factory work, hope, alienation, despair, kinship

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