Introduction:Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age

Hird, Derek and Song, Geng (2018) Introduction:Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age. In: The Cosmopolitan Dream. Transnational Asian Masculinities . Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9789888455850

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Why is it important to study contemporary Chinese men and masculinities from a transnational perspective? One good reason is that in today’s globalizing world concepts of Chinese masculinity and Chinese men themselves are increasingly part of transnational circulations of people, ideas, images, and objects. Another is that the ongoing integration of post-Mao China into global capitalist markets has led in turn to the increasing influence of Chinese men and masculinities across the world. The impetus of globalization inflects the configurations of masculinities in China’s postsocialist era with transnational dimensions: the resulting hybrid masculinities of Chinese men in China and elsewhere cannot be ignored. This chapter addresses these issues with the following aims: to highlight some of the most significant transnational aspects of contemporary Chinese men and masculinities; to show how these aspects are imbricated with other more locally embedded notions and practices of masculinity; and to explore the significance of these shifts for the Chinese gender order.

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