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- DescriptionThis lively study explores how social and ecomic changes to Chinese society create new cultural values and forms of inequality. Amy Hanser examines changes to a particular set of jobs-service work, in this case salesclerk work-and the nature of the social interactions involved. It argues that a new structure of entitlement, which makes elite groups feel more entitled to public forms of respect and social esteem, is constructed in settings like new, luxury department stores. The book t only shows how this change involves increasingly unequal relations between clerks and customers, but also demonstrates how marketplaces have become sites where social differences-and inequalities-are recognized and justified. The study's importance lies in its attention to ethgraphic detail, its application of cultural theories of inequality to China, and its contribution to our understanding of contemporary China. Unlike other studies of inequality in urban China, this book takes a unique setting-the marketplace and the interactions between customers and salespeople-and a unique approach-the author herself worked as a salesclerk in three settings.
- Author BiographyAmy Hanser is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
- Author(s)Amy Hanser
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication06/02/2008
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note3 tables, 6 illustrations
- Weight345 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine407 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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