Dr. Jingyu Mao
Fellow in the project „Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking“ (October 2021)
Mao Jingyu completed a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. She has been working as a course tutor and guest lecturer at Edinburgh University since then. Her PhD project explores how ethnic migrant performers’ border encountering experiences reveal broader inequalities regarding rural-urban divide, ethnicity and gender in contemporary China. Mao Jingyu's research interests include rural-urban migration, service work, ethnicity, gender, emotions and qualitative research.
ProjectService encounters, migrant labour, and worldmaking
This project, building on her PhD thesis, continues to explore how social encounters experienced by service workers play an important role in migrant workers’ worldmaking processes in Southwest China. It focuses on how an ‘ordinary city’ (Robinson, 2006) become a site of worldmaking for migrant service workers; and how do workers’ local struggles speak to broader social and global concerns. It continues to focus on the under-theorised ethnic minority migrants in China, and seeks to understand the role ethnicity plays in migrant workers’ worldmaking processes.