Biopolitics of Dai Girls: Work, Marriage, and a Desirable Lifestyle



This chapter is based on oral interviews undertaken in Ruili in Yunnan Province, China. It explores the impact of economic globalisation and rapid urbanisation on the lifestyle of the local Dai community. Attracted by the new consumer culture of the city, Dai girls opt to leave their rural homes and migrate to urban areas. They prefer to take low-paid jobs in the city rather than work on their parents’ farms. A high proportion of the girls also choose marriage partners to enable them to continue living in the city. This chapter argues that the job and marriage preferences of Dai girls reflect their ability to control their lives and to counter the social inequality inherent in the changing economy of the region.


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  • Yan Hu
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  1. 1.School of Ethnology and SociologyMinzu University of ChinaBeijingP.R. China

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