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Nature-watching and affective encounters with more-than-human beings in post-reform Beijing

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Cities as purely social spaces have long held sway over dominant understandings of cities. This thesis sets out to make visible the many ways that more-than-human beings permeate urban life to unsettle the deeply ingrained assumption of “anti-nature” cities. To do so, It scrutinises a variety of visual practices to engage with an array of living beings in Beijing that I refer to as “nature-watching” (ziran guancha 自然观察). I argue that nature-watching practices create a condition of...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
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Author

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Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Supervisor
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Funding agency for:
Wang, Y
Grant:
201808060135
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Language:
English and Mandarin
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Deposit date:
2022-03-09

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