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Becoming a ‘Capable’ Man in China

  • Dr. Xiaodong Lin
Friday 9 December 2016
Interdisciplinary Explorations of China’s Changing Gender Dynamics 1900-2015
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Rural-urban migration has resulted in a series of socio-cultural transformations in China, including changing geographical re-locations, living arrangements, as well as interpersonal relations. The lecture addresses my on-going study on male migrant workers in China. It  pays particular attention to the negotiation and enactment of  singlehood, against the dominant cultural discourse of heteronormativity. This discussion aims critically to examine the western notion of a crisis of masculinity, and to question the meanings of masculinity in China, which is beyond a Eurocentric perspective.

Dr Xiaodong Lin teaches at York University in the Department of  Sociology. His monograph Gender, Modernity and Male Migrant Workers in China (Routledge, 2013) was a finalist for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2014. He has recently published a new edited collection, East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire (with Chris Haywood and Mairtin Mac an Ghaill) (Palgrave Macmillan).  He is also the Director and Leader of the Gender, Sexuality and Inequality research cluster, and the Program Director of the MA in Culture, Society and Globalization at the Department of Sociology, University of York.


For queries, please contact Harriet Zurndorfer  h.t.zurndorfer@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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