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Title: Transnational consumer culture and middle class professionals : an ethnographic account of consumption and identity in post-reform China
Authors: Elfick, Tse-mui Jacqueline
Keywords: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Consumer behavior -- China
Middle class -- China -- Economic conditions.
Group identity -- China.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Abstract: This is an ethnographic account examining the role of consumption practices and narratives of transnational capitalism in the construction of urban middle class identity. Improved access to mass media and communication technologies has exposed individuals to transnational consumer culture. Many young professionals aspire to link themselves with this culture as it invokes status and implies sophistication. Transnational consumer identity as negotiated in Shenzhen emphasizes the consumption of experiences as well as goods. This constitutes an epistemological shift in the study of consumption as traditionally the focus has been on the consumption of goods. In Shenzhen, having the means that permit the frequent consumption of transnational consumer experiences, as well as an understanding of how to engage in these experiences appropriately, has come to constitute middle class identity.
Description: xii, 218 p. ; 31 cm.
PolyU Library Call No.: [THS] LG51 .H577P SD 2009 Elfick
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/3223
Rights: All rights reserved.
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