Moral imaginaries of the market and the state in contemporary China

Kuever, E. (Underviser)

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


In this paper I argue that understandings of the commodity relationship must include attention to the state and its manifestation in law and regulations. I do this in part by examining discourse on consumer rights among Chinese citizens. The Chinese Consumer Law defines normative rights and obligations of consumers and producers/sellers, but citizens largely reject this neoliberal formulation. In articulating perceived injustices, Chinese consumer-citizens resort not to the “mutual rights and obligations” of buyers and sellers specified in the Consumer Law, but to ideals of fairness that include the role of the state in regulating the market. This research advances our understanding of moral economies by allowing us to see that commodities are always produced within ethical regimes.
Periode29. nov. 2017
Begivenhedstitel2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
PlaceringWashington, USA, District of Columbia
Grad af anerkendelseInternational