Events March 2018


Living on e-commerce: the politics and ethics of e-trading in a Chinese city

Qian Linliang
The expansion of the e-commerce economy has given individual Chinese e-traders new opportunities to generate wealth and cultural capital. But it has also created a precarious condition in which they have had to adapt to the changing environment so as to ensure economic security. This paper draws on the results of over a year’s fieldwork in the city of Yiwu, an emergent e-commercial hub in Southeast China. It looks at the making of a “neoliberal” subjectivity among Chinese e-traders, against the background of rising information capitalism in the country.
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