The world in Guangzhou : Africans and other foreigners in south China's global marketplace

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Full title: The world in Guangzhou : Africans and other foreigners in south China's global marketplace / Gordon Mathews with Linessa Dan Lin and Yang Yang.
Main Authors: Mathews, Gordon, (Author)
, Lin, Linessa Dan, (Author)
, Yang, Yang, 1987 March 17- (Author)
Format: Book           


Summary: "Only decades ago, the population of Guangzhou was almost wholly Chinese. Today, it is a truly global city, a place where people from around the world go to make new lives, find themselves, or further their careers. A large number of these migrants are small-scale traders from Africa who deal in Chinese goods--often knockoffs or copies of high-end branded items--to send back to their home countries. In The World in Guangzhou, Gordon Mathews explores the question of how the city became a center of "low-end globalization" and shows what we can learn from that experience about similar transformations elsewhere in the world. Through detailed ethnographic portraits, Mathews reveals a world of globalization based on informality, reputation, and trust rather than on formal contracts. How, he asks, can such informal relationships emerge between two groups--Chinese and sub-Saharan Africans--that don't share a common language, culture, or religion? And what happens when Africans move beyond their status as temporary residents and begin to put down roots and establish families?" -- Publisher's description
Language: English
Published: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2017]
Classmark: CCN305.896 /539339
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-239) and index.
ISBN: 9789888455881
9888455885