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Roberta Zavoretti is the author of Rural Origins, City Lives. Class and Place in Contemporary China (University of Washington Press, 2016). Her present research deals with the entanglements of gender and class formation in contemporary urban China.

Making Class and Place in Contemporary China

Rural-to-urban migrants in China are often depicted as being poor, uncivilised, and having a lower level of ‘human quality’ than those with urban household registration. Policy-makers carefully strategise in order to produce rural-to-urban migrants as a homogeneous category. However, the use of this term obscures more than it illuminates, as it homogenises complex social realities.

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