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Wenjing Jiang is a Doctoral Candidate at Clark University. Her research interests include the political economy of nature, theories of social change, and agrarian studies, with special focus on the social transformation through and after the Socialist Movement in the twentieth century. Currently, she is completing a dissertation on agricultural land transfers and agrarian transformation in contemporary China.

Researching China Through Translation and Presentation

To present a research project as understandable, inoffensive, and interesting to people in the field involves both politics and artfulness. Researchers, the researched, and potential collaborators together constitute the politics of fieldwork, at the centre of which are ongoing processes to establish expectations of possible benefits or conflicts of interests. The multidimensional politics on the ground remind us to consciously and continually seek appropriate translation and presentation of our research and position while conducting fieldwork in China.

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