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Queer Chinese Cultures and MobilitiesKinship, Migration, and Middle Classes$
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John Wei

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528271

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528271.001.0001

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The Myth of Quality

The Myth of Quality

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Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities

John Wei

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter deals with social inclusion and exclusion along the lines of cultural capital and social distinctions underlined by social class migration and mobilization. Drawing upon sociological analyses of various forms of human capital and academic inquiries into the issue of suzhi (“quality”), this chapter analyzes the ongoing social stratifications in China’s queer communities that have reproduced larger social inequalities. Through an investigation of an “upward” online queer community, it argues that the state-engineered discourse of suzhi has to some extent expired, but the lingering myth of “quality” continues to underline queer social distinctions and social interactions online and on the ground.

Keywords:   Cultural capital, Human capital, Suzhi, Middle class, Social distinctions, Social media, Social networking service, Online community, Feizan

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