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Cultural Anthropology121 Migrant China: The Cultural Politics of Life and Labor: Researching China's Migrant Workers

Starting Points

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Let's start with some reference resources:

Books on Contemporary China

Search Duke University Catalog & TRLN & Worldcat together or seperately for books. The following are some sugested subject keywords:

  • Rural-urban migration, China
  • Rural women, China
  • Labor mobility, China
  • Migrant labor, China
  • Migration, internal  China
  • Prostitution, China

Tips: When you find a good title, look at its subject and use that to further search in order to find titles on the same subject.


    Bibliography of Asian Studies is the main English language database on Asian Studies, You can often combine your search on it with the following:


    American journal of Chinese studies (in print only, call#A512JCH)
    covering political science,sometimes literature and culture.   

     China journal
    has a wide range of articles, and book reviews covering major issues on modern China. 

    The China quarterly  
    covering all aspects of contemporary China including Taiwan and its interdisciplinary approach covers a range of subjects including anthropology/sociology, literature and the arts, business/economics, geography, history, international affairs, law, and politics   

    Journal of Chinese political science
    covering theoretical, policy, and empirical research articles on Chinese politics.

    Journal of contemporary China
    theoretical and policy research and research notes, as well as book reviews. The journal's fields of interest include economics, political science, law, culture, literature, business, history, international relations, sociology and other social sciences and humanities.

    Cultural anthropology: journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology

     Modern China
    covering scholarship in history and the social sciences on late-imperial, twentieth-century, and present-day China

    Twentieth-century China(formerly, Republican China)
    since 1997, the journal has expanded its coverage to include topics concerning both the last decade or so of the Qing Dynasty and the post-1949 period.

    Subject Librarian for China

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    Office: Bostock 229

    Tel: 919-660-5803

    Office hour: Friday 1-3pm @ Bostock 229 or send me an email to set up a consultation.

    Databases in Chinese

    China academic journals (中国知网): covers the majority of academic journals published in the PRC.

    Duxiu (读秀): indexes more than 2.3 million digitized books published in PRC, half of them are available full text.

    Ren min ri bao = People's Daily (人民日报) : provides full text and original image of this daily newspaper from 1946 to current.