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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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Youth between Factories and Services

Youth between Factories and Services

(p.206) Ten Youth between Factories and Services
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of how the social category of “youth” is itself a product of modernity in Zouping. It then goes on to explore the lives of Zouping’s youth, who are mostly engaged in service or factory work. The trope of “habituation” is discussed in detail, as the ability to “habituate” to factory work or another form of work is a prerequisite to settling down, marrying, and ending one’s youth. The distinctions youth draw among various forms of work and the types of people who engage in them inform their imagination of possible futures for themselves.

Keywords:   youth, service work, habituation, imagination, distinction

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