Dr Terry Woronov

Senior Lecturer

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

Telephone +61 2 9114 1285

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Biographical details

My research focuses on social transformation in contemporary China. As an urban anthropologist, I am 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.

My 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. I have published articles about suzhi jioayu and ideologies of “quality” in journals including Anthropological Quarterly, positions, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Ethnography.

Research interests

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

Current projects

My 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. A research team from Hohai University in Nanjing and I spent a year studying vocational education in Nanjing in order to understand working-class youth culture in China. I am 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.

PhD and master's project opportunities

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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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