Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society

Caring in Times of Precarity

A Study of Single Women Doing Creative Work in Shanghai

Authors: Chow, Yiu Fai

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  • Explores how women are living single, creative lives in a Chinese city
  • Considers the lives of these women holistically, taking into account their professional, social and intimate lives
  • Engages with the fundamental issue of precarity, which configures the post-Fordian, contemporary condition of our lives
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Caring in Times of Precarity draws together two key cultural observations: the increase in those living a single life, and the growing attraction of creative careers. Straddling this historical juncture, the book focuses on one particular group of ‘precariat’: single women in Shanghai in various forms of creative (self-)employment. While negotiating their share of the uncanny creative work ethos, these women also find themselves interpellated as shengnü (‘left-over women’) in a society configured by a mix of Confucian values, heterosexual ideals, and global images of womanhood. Following these women’s professional, social and intimate lives, the book refuses to see their singlehood and creative labour as problematic, and them as victims. It departs from dominant thinking on precarity, which foregrounds and critiques the contemporary need to be flexible, mobile, and spontaneous to the extent of (self-)exploitation, accepting insecurity. The book seeks to understand– empirically and specifically–women’s everyday struggles and pleasures. It highlights the up-close, everyday embodied, affective, and subjective experience in a particular Chinese city, with broader, global resonances well beyond China. Exploring the limits of the politics of precarity, the book proposes an ethics of care.

About the authors

Chow Yiu Fai is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Caring in Times of Precarity
Book Subtitle
A Study of Single Women Doing Creative Work in Shanghai
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76898-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76898-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76897-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 345
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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