China Everyday

'Studies of this period have not, therefore, taken sufficiently into account the enthusiasms, obligations and practices of the quotidian, both in cities and in the country. Often regarded as epiphenomenal and ephemeral, it was in activities as diverse as qigong, death ritual, fashion, ufology, local opera, cuisine, sport, online gaming and religious observance (and many others) that people made meaning in their lives. Typically not overtly political, it was in these assertions of individual interest that new sociable communities were formed, communities in which a politics of practice was implicit if generally not acknowledged.'