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.

My current research looks at gendered working-class labour regimes in urban China, focusing on Shanghai, and that 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.

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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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 China, (pp. 97-114). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • 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 China, (pp. 97-114). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • 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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