Dr Steinmüller joins us to talk about his recent book Communities of Complicity.
Against narratives of moral decline in contemporary China, this book describes how ordinary people in the countryside confront moral uncertainty and try to live ethically in their everyday lives. Focusing on the discrepancies between public discourses and local practices, the author shows how transient moral communities are re-created through complicity and irony.
Hans Steinmüller is a specialist in the anthropology of China at the London School of Economics. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in the Enshi region of Hubei Province in central China, focusing on family, work, ritual, and the local state. The main object of his research is the ethics of everyday life in rural China, but he has also written on topics such as gambling, rural development, and Chinese geomancy (fengshui).
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