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THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
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An Anthropological Talk by Jun Zhang

Driving for the Family: Ethical Negotiation in the Making of the Middle Class in Urban China

Wednesday 14 January 2014, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

This talk explores the centrality of family in the making of urban middle class through their experience with auto-mobility in contemporary China. "Middle class" is often taken for granted as a reference to individuals' class or social status in a similar manner in which cars are generally considered an icon of individual autonomy and freedom. This talk illustrates the ways in which the car and auto-mobility enable the middle class to imagine, redefine and practice proper domestic life. I argue that proper conduct of the self in relation to family is important for them to imagine their membership in the middle-class community. Meanwhile, their conduct coincides with the state's agenda that seeks to recreate itself by promoting the so-called traditional family values. Just as cars echo political ideology of liberal individualism in many western contexts, cars provide a material medium to articulate and practice family ethics and value that contribute to the legitimization of the state in contemporary China.

Jun Zhang teaches at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

       
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