Susanne Bregnbæk, Mikkel Bunkenborg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscriptResearch


Uncertainty often seems to be articulated as doubts about the interior
make-up of things. Suspecting that persons, objects, institutions and ideologies
are not what they seem, critical voices accuse them of emptiness and they
are thus laid open to new investments of meaning and value. Ethnographies
of contemporary China describe how state discourse on population quality
constructs ‘the people’ in terms of lack of quality and present this perceived
lack as a key to the coding of social differences in China
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmptiness and Fullness : Ethnographies of Lack and Desire in Contemporary China
Place of PublicationNew York og Oxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-78533-580-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78533-581-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesStudies in Social Analysis


  • sociology


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