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positions (2009) 17 (3): 523–535.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Tamara Jacka In contemporary China, concerns about the suzhi , or “quality,” of individuals, groups, and populations pervade the social imagination and inform a wide spectrum of discourses and debates. Suzhi is of critical importance to contemporary China's booming, globally oriented market economy...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 537–566.
Published: 01 August 2009
...: the notion of suzhi (quality). By examining the position of suzhi in a broader discourse concerning the population and its attributes (which also intersects with key notions of nation, class, ethnicity, gender, and citizenship) I shed light on the fortunes of what I refer to as “technoscientific reasoning...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 617–642.
Published: 01 August 2009
... between place, suzhi (quality), and the migrant body is made to appear logical and commonsensical. I consider a common discursive practice of branding the baomu (maid), namely identifying the domestic worker and comments on the service provided by the domestic worker according to her place of origin (e.g...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 567–589.
Published: 01 August 2009
...T. E. Woronov This article is a close study of the discourses and practices of suzhi jiaoyu or “Education for Quality” in contemporary Beijing. Through a study of efforts to raise the “quality” of the capital's children in order to raise the “quality” of the Chinese nation and its future...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1095–1125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of “bad parenting,” in contrast to stories about children who, despite limitations or difficulties, manage to ascend to great heights thanks to “good parenting.” This article examines two well-known public stories that circulated in the early 2000s in relation to the reform movement known as suzhi jiaoyu...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 591–616.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Luigi Tomba This article discusses the rhetoric and practices of China's middle-class “community building” ( shequ jianshe , as the campaign to reorganize urban residential communities that started in the late 1990s is called), and the role of suzhi (quality) in building models of “harmonious...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 379–401.
Published: 01 May 2012
... in this regard: a growing concern with quality (suzhi) as a standard for assessing populations and individuals, and the role of the Chinese state as an arbiter of market- oriented policies. Recent scholarship on Chinese society has charted a growing...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 877–906.
Published: 01 November 2014
...- tions” to the economy during the late 1990s in Harbin, a northern city geo- graphically removed from coastal development.8 She maintains that Chi- nese citizens “borrow the legitimacy of human capital” in the form of the suzhi (human quality...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 333–355.
Published: 01 May 2023
... Politics of Quality ( Suzhi ) .” Public Culture 16 , no. 2 : 189 – 208 . Dai Jinhua 戴锦华 . 1999 . Yinxing shuxie: Jiushi niandai Zhongguo wenhua yanjiu 隐形书写:九十年代中国文化研究 ( Invisible Writing: Studies on Chinese Culture in the 1990s ). Nanjing : Jiangsu renmin chubanshe . Fan Yusu 范雨素...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 659–667.
Published: 01 May 2012
.... This relationship is not the same every- where but is shaped in a speci c cultural context of social comparison. In the case of China, this otherness is often mapped on rural migrants in the discourse of suzhi (quality), an indigenous way of narrating...
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positions (2019) 27 (3): 469–497.
Published: 01 August 2019
... . 2009 . “ Cultivating Citizens: Suzhi (Quality) Discourse in the PRC .” positions 17 , no. 3 : 523 – 35 . Jackson Michael . 2000 . At Home in the World . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Jackson Michael . 2005 . Existential Anthropology: Events, Exigencies, and Effects...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 497–526.
Published: 01 May 2012
... so that they could invest resources in enhancing each child’s quality (suzhi). This new genera- tion could then better advance nationalist goals of economic growth and modernity.15 Family planning propaganda in Vietnam...
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positions (2024) 32 (1): 129–149.
Published: 01 February 2024
... in ways that take up ideological party-state concepts, such as by conforming to suzhi 素质 (human quality) discourse (Anagnost 2004 ; Kipnis 2007 ). This plays on subtle subversions, such as those based on “cultural intimacy” (Herzfeld 2005 ; Steinmüller 2013 ) and multiplicity of the self (Liu 2002...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 May 2023
... Zuo Mei's desire to become a social worker, saying, “She asked me how to prepare for the exam, but she doesn't have enough suzhi (素质, human quality) for it, let alone the education” (July 11, 2014). 8 Over time, Zuo began to feel unwelcome in and unsuited to service and volunteer labor. Once...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 516–546.
Published: 01 August 2018
... . “ The Corporeal Politics of Quality (Suzhi) .” Public Culture 16 , no. 2 : 189 – 208 . Anagnost Ann Arai Andrea Ren Hai eds. 2013 . Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times . Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press . Bauman Zygmunt...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 425–458.
Published: 01 May 2010
... it difficult to create a clear “outside” in which particular subjects are deemed incapable of embodying desires properly or are condemned for displaying passions that turn them into persons with low quality (suzhi).34 Neoliberalism has created powerful...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 511–536.
Published: 01 May 2010
... bitterness” performances in order to create a new class order and a new political consciousness. In the current moment, this use of negative models articulates with discourses on suzhi, or “quality,” in which Fan and others serve as negative...
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positions (2022) 30 (3): 501–521.
Published: 01 August 2022
... University Press . Sigley Gary . 2009 . “ Suzhi , the Body, and the Fortunes of Technoscientific Reasoning in Contemporary China .” positions 17 , no. 3 : 537 – 66 . Wolf Eric . 1990 . “ Distinguished Lecture: Facing Power—Old Insights, New Questions .” American Anthropologist...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 543–550.
Published: 01 August 2014
... – 46; and Yan Hairong, “Neoliberal Governmentality and Neohumanism: Organizing Suzhi/Value Flow through Labor Recruitment Networks,” Cultural Anthropology 18, no. 4 (2003): 493 – 523. 10. See Zhang, “Strangers in the City”; Yan...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 257–279.
Published: 01 May 2023
... inequalities of intelligence” (Rockhill 2004 : 2)? As Chun Chun Ting and Mun Young Cho's articles show, and Li Ruo's story poetically illustrates, these questions are especially urgent in a China dominated by the discourse of suzhi 素质, the “human quality” that supposedly divides the population into those...
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