Balancing Work/Life?

  • Chow Yiu Fai
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society book series (PSGCS)


This chapter considers the subjective experiences of single women in Shanghai against the globalized conceptual backdrop of creative work. It departs from existing scholarship on creative work in two ways. First, it chooses to suspend the concerns surrounding exploitation and alienation in lieu of an empirical investigation of what Hesmondhalgh and Baker call “good work.” It recuperates what these women have to say about good work, and how they get it done, especially concerning chuangye (setting up a business). Second, this investigation seeks not only to look at their creative work, but also to examine its intricate connections with single life. Three scenarios are identified: first, some report mutual constitution of creative work and singlehood; second, some choose creative work to capitalize on its flexibility and autonomy in order to lead their single lives; and finally, some are wrestling with the success of their creative work, finding it difficult to find compatible life partners.


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  • Chow Yiu Fai
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  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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