Dr Terry Woronov

PhD Cultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, MEd Harvard University
Senior Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1285

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Biographical details

Since completing an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies at Georgetown University, I have studied social and political change during China's long 20th century. I have lived, worked, and studied in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for many years, including spending 18 months in Beijing (1999-2001) for my PhD fieldwork research, and a year in Nanjing (2007-2008) for a subsequent fieldwork project in a vocational secondary school.

I hold a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for East Asian Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Research interests

I am an urban anthropologist whose work focuses on the ways that macro-level changes in China's politics and economic policies have an impact on people's everyday lives. My first research project was an ethnographic study of a new form of post-socialist social engineering in contemporary China, called "educational for quality" (素质教育suzhi jiaoyu). This work appeared in a number of edited volumes and journals including positions, Anthropological Quarterly, and Ethnography.

A book manuscript called Learning to Serve: Vocational Schools, Working Class Youth and the Politics of Failure in Urban China will be published in 2015 by Stanford University Press. This work isbased on a more recent research project in Nanjing (2007-2008), funded by the US National Academy of Education, which focused on urban working-class youth cultures in Chinese vocational schools.

I have two new research projects underway. One, following on the previous study of vocational education and working-class youth, looks at gendered working-class labour regimes in urban China. Focusing on Shanghai, this studies the ways that transformations in urban space are mirrored in transformations in the bodies of working-class women. This project is a collaboration with two colleagues who work in India and Brazil, building towards a comparative urban study of these three countries.

A second, following on my first research project on “education for quality”, is looking at the generation that grew up under China’s “quality” education reforms, as they move out into the world and global education.

My current research interests revolve around studies of precarious labour, gender, post-socialist cities, and the anthropology of the body in contemporary China.

Teaching and supervision

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  • ANTH2620
  • ANTH4011
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I am currently recruiting PhD students who are interested in social change in contemporary China; social and class reproduction through education; gender and precarious labour regimes globally.

Awards and honours

  • 2014 Faculty's Excellence in Teaching Award (Design and Practice)
  • 2012 University of Sydney Centre for China Studies Major Grant
  • 2011 University of Sydney IPDF grant
  • 2007-2008 U.S. National Academy of Education Research Fellowship
  • 2002 Mellon Foundation/Sawyer Seminar Fellow
  • 2003 Spencer Foundation Fellowship

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Aesthetic Labor: Gender, Class Mobility and the Work of Beauty in China, Brazil and India; Woronov T, Nichter M, Veloso L; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Woronov, T. (2008). Migrant children And migrant schooling: Policies, problems and possibilities. In Rachel Murphy (Eds.), Labour Migration and Social Development in Contemporary China, (pp. 96-114). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Woronov, T. (2006). Chinese Children, American Education: Globalizing Child-Rearing in Contemporary China. In Jennifer Cole & Deborah Durham (Eds.), Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy, (pp. 29-51). Bloomington, Indiana, United States: Indiana University Press.

Journals

  • Woronov, T. (2014). Review of 'Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity'. American Ethnologist, 41(4).
  • Hansen, M., Woronov, T. (2013). Demanding and resisting vocational education: a comparative study of schools in rural and urban China. Comparative Education, 49(2), 242-259. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2012). Class Consciousness, Service Work: youth and class in Nanjing vocational secondary schools. Journal of Contemporary China, 21(77), 779-791. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2012). Doing Time: Mimetic Labor and Human Capital Accumulation in Chinese Vocational Schools. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(4), 701-719. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2011). Learning to Serve: Urban Youth, Vocational Schools and New Class Formations in China. The China Journal, 66, 77-100.
  • Woronov, T. (2009). Governing China's Children: Governmentality and "Education for Quality". Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 17(3), 568-589. [More Information]
  • Roth-Gordon, J., Woronov, T. (2009). Youthful Concerns: Movement, Belonging and Modernity. Pragmatics, 19(1), 129-143.
  • Woronov, T. (2008). Raising Quality, Fostering 'Creativity': Ideologies And Practices Of Education Reform In Beijing. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 39(4), 401-422. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2007). Performing the Nation: China's Children as Little Red Pioneers. Anthropological Quarterly, 80(3), 647-672.
  • Woronov, T. (2006). Review: Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality and Life Politics. Anthropological Quarterly, 79(2), 369-372.
  • Woronov, T. (2006). Review: Little Friends: Children's Film and Media Culture in China. The China Journal, 55(1), 219-221.

2014

  • Woronov, T. (2014). Review of 'Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity'. American Ethnologist, 41(4).

2013

  • Hansen, M., Woronov, T. (2013). Demanding and resisting vocational education: a comparative study of schools in rural and urban China. Comparative Education, 49(2), 242-259. [More Information]

2012

  • Woronov, T. (2012). Class Consciousness, Service Work: youth and class in Nanjing vocational secondary schools. Journal of Contemporary China, 21(77), 779-791. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2012). Doing Time: Mimetic Labor and Human Capital Accumulation in Chinese Vocational Schools. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(4), 701-719. [More Information]

2011

  • Woronov, T. (2011). Learning to Serve: Urban Youth, Vocational Schools and New Class Formations in China. The China Journal, 66, 77-100.

2009

  • Woronov, T. (2009). Governing China's Children: Governmentality and "Education for Quality". Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 17(3), 568-589. [More Information]
  • Roth-Gordon, J., Woronov, T. (2009). Youthful Concerns: Movement, Belonging and Modernity. Pragmatics, 19(1), 129-143.

2008

  • Woronov, T. (2008). Migrant children And migrant schooling: Policies, problems and possibilities. In Rachel Murphy (Eds.), Labour Migration and Social Development in Contemporary China, (pp. 96-114). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Woronov, T. (2008). Raising Quality, Fostering 'Creativity': Ideologies And Practices Of Education Reform In Beijing. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 39(4), 401-422. [More Information]

2007

  • Woronov, T. (2007). Performing the Nation: China's Children as Little Red Pioneers. Anthropological Quarterly, 80(3), 647-672.

2006

  • Woronov, T. (2006). Chinese Children, American Education: Globalizing Child-Rearing in Contemporary China. In Jennifer Cole & Deborah Durham (Eds.), Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy, (pp. 29-51). Bloomington, Indiana, United States: Indiana University Press.
  • Woronov, T. (2006). Review: Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality and Life Politics. Anthropological Quarterly, 79(2), 369-372.
  • Woronov, T. (2006). Review: Little Friends: Children's Film and Media Culture in China. The China Journal, 55(1), 219-221.

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