Neglect of a neighbourhood: oral accounts of life in ‘old Beijing’ since the eve of the People's Republic

Evans, H. 2014. Neglect of a neighbourhood: oral accounts of life in ‘old Beijing’ since the eve of the People's Republic. Urban History. 41 (4), pp. 686-704.

TitleNeglect of a neighbourhood: oral accounts of life in ‘old Beijing’ since the eve of the People's Republic
AuthorsEvans, H.
Abstract

Oral accounts of life over seven decades in Dashalanr, a popular neighbourhood in central Beijing, reveal a social world that despite being shaped by the state's policies of social and political classification, housing and employment, has been resistant to complete appropriation by them. Based on research in the neighbourhood since 2005, and drawing on Xuanwu District archives, this article examines local residents’ accounts of long decades of hardship and neglect. With an analytical framework that links gender with temporality, place and space, it suggests ways in which their singular experiences can be read as historical narrative.

JournalUrban History
Journal citation41 (4), pp. 686-704
ISSN0963-9268
Year2014
PublisherCambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1017/S096392681300076X
Publication dates
PublishedNov 2014

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