About Dr Terry Woronov

Dr Terry Woronov's research focuses on social transformation in contemporary China. As an urban anthropologist, she is particularly interested in how China's rapidly-changing cities produce new opportunities for - and new constraints and limitations on - the nation's children and youth.

Dr Woronov's dissertation research looked at a large-scale social engineering project in China called "suzhi jiaoyu" (education for quality.) Based on two years of fieldwork in elementary schools in Beijing, this work looked at the ideology of "quality" children, and efforts by the state, parents, schools, and the media to raise children's "quality" by transforming their everyday lives. She has published articles about suzhi jioayu and ideologies of "quality" in journals including Anthropological Quarterly, positions, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Ethnography.

Her current research, funded by a postdoctoral research fellowship from the U.S. National Academy of Education, looks at the lives and experiences of slightly older youth. Together with a research team from Hohai University in Nanjing, Dr Woronov spent a year studying vocational education in Nanjing in order to understand working-class youth culture in China. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the question of class transformation in China's post-socialist, post-industrial cities, and how gender and generation inflect class consciousness and class transformations.

Dr Woronov's research interests include nationalism and the anthropology of the state; gender; youth culture; the politics of children and childhood; globalization, and urban theory.

Selected publications

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