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By John Osburg

Who precisely are China's new wealthy? This pioneering research introduces readers to the personal lives—and the nightlives—of the robust marketers and executives redefining good fortune and standing within the urban of Chengdu. Over the process greater than 3 years, anthropologist John Osburg followed, and in a few cases assisted, prosperous chinese language businessmen as they courted consumers, companions, and govt officials.
Drawing on his immersive reviews, Osburg invitations readers to affix him as he trips in the course of the new, hugely gendered leisure websites for chinese language businessmen, together with karaoke golf equipment, saunas, and therapeutic massage parlors—places particularly designed to cater to the needs and delight of elite males. inside of those areas, a masculinization of commercial is happening. Osburg information the advanced code of habit that governs businessmen as they move approximately banqueting, ingesting, playing, bribing, replacing presents, and acquiring sexual services.
These elaborate social networks play a key function in producing company, acting social prestige, and reconfiguring gender roles. yet many marketers think trapped via their tasks and ethical compromises during this evolving atmosphere. finally, Osburg examines their deep ambivalence approximately China's destiny and their very own complicity within the significant problems with post-Mao chinese language society—corruption, inequality, materialism, and lack of trust.

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