This article examines wealth and inequality at the center of mundane processes of dwelling. In a village in north China, Maoist housing redistribution resulted in a domestic situation where inhabitants officially classified as peasants lived in houses that formerly belonged to wealthy merchants. Residents made themselves at home, or not, in these spaces, in ways that suggest that the houses were haunted by the specter of the uncanny left by those who had been ostracized as class enemies. The uneasy persistence of an uncanny domestic domain enabled repressed personal and political experiences to resurface in the home. By turning to a home that preserves past destruction, the article reveals how contradictory memories of the family and the nation became materialized through the intimacies of dwelling.
Materiality of the Uncanny: Preserving the Ruins of Revolution in Rural Chinese Homes
Charlotte Bruckermann; Materiality of the Uncanny: Preserving the Ruins of Revolution in Rural Chinese Homes. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 December 2017; 37 (3): 446–455. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-4279152
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