Journal article

Overseas study as zone of suspension: Chinese students re-negotiating youth, gender, and intimacy

F Martin

Journal of Intercultural Studies | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2018


This paper draws on in-progress ethnographic research with Chinese women students in Australia to consider how time studying abroad functions as a temporal and geographic “zone of suspension” for these mobile youth, through which they reconfigure the meanings of both youth and feminine gender. China’s young generation of middle-class urban women is subject to the competing pull of at least two sets of contradictory ideologies. First, vis-à-vis gender, on one hand they are attracted by an emergent neoliberal-style ideology of self-authorizing, individualized feminine selfhood; while on the other hand they are subject to the effects of re-traditionalizing gender roles in the post-socialist era..

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