Dr Terry Woronov

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

Member of China Studies Centre

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 has focused 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 18-month 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.

My recent book Class Work: Vocational Schools and China’s Urban Youth (2015, Stanford University Press) is based on a second research project in Nanjing (2007-2008). Funded by the US National Academy of Education, this study focused on urban working-class youth cultures and new class formations 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.

My second current research project looks at the cultural politics of climate change in Australia, using the Adani Corporation’s proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin as a case study. In collaboration with Dr Benedetta Brevini in MECO, I am publishing new work on the discourses of climate change, the cultural politics of coal mining in Australia, and the ways environmental law is deployed by environmentalists and the state.

Teaching and supervision

  • ANTH1001
  • ANTH2620
  • DVST6901

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.

Current research students

Project title Research student
(Re)Making Femininities: Enacting Queer Genders in Sydney Katherine GIUNTA
The Affective medium and ideal person in pedagogies of 'soft skills' in contemporary China Gil HIZI

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; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Woronov, T. (2016). Class Work: Vocational Schools and China's Urban Youth. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Brevini, B., Woronov, T. (2017). Nothing but truthiness: public discourses on the Adani Carmichael mine in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis [forthcoming]. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Model consumers: Beauty bloggers, everyday experts and governmentality in urban China. In David Bray, Elaine Jeffreys (Eds.), New Mentalities of Government in China, (pp. 204-222). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2016). The high school entrance exam and/as class sorter: working class youth and the HSEE in contemporary China. In Yingjie Guo (Eds.), Handbook on Class and Social Stratification in China, (pp. 178-196). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • 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. (2017). Review of 'Subaltern China' by W. Sun. Cultural Studies Review, 23(1).
  • Woronov, T. (2017). Waging Lawfare: Law, Environment and Depoliticization in Neoliberal Australia. Capitalism Nature Socialism. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Review of 'Educating the Chinese Individual' by M. Hansen. China Information, 30(3), 388-389.
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Review of 'Out to Work' by A. Gaetano. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 27(3), 426-427.
  • Woronov, T. (2014). Review of 'Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity'. American Ethnologist, 41(4), 771-772.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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.

2017

  • Brevini, B., Woronov, T. (2017). Nothing but truthiness: public discourses on the Adani Carmichael mine in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis [forthcoming]. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Woronov, T. (2017). Review of 'Subaltern China' by W. Sun. Cultural Studies Review, 23(1).
  • Woronov, T. (2017). Waging Lawfare: Law, Environment and Depoliticization in Neoliberal Australia. Capitalism Nature Socialism. [More Information]

2016

  • Woronov, T. (2016). Class Work: Vocational Schools and China's Urban Youth. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Model consumers: Beauty bloggers, everyday experts and governmentality in urban China. In David Bray, Elaine Jeffreys (Eds.), New Mentalities of Government in China, (pp. 204-222). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Review of 'Educating the Chinese Individual' by M. Hansen. China Information, 30(3), 388-389.
  • Woronov, T. (2016). Review of 'Out to Work' by A. Gaetano. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 27(3), 426-427.
  • Woronov, T. (2016). The high school entrance exam and/as class sorter: working class youth and the HSEE in contemporary China. In Yingjie Guo (Eds.), Handbook on Class and Social Stratification in China, (pp. 178-196). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]

2014

  • Woronov, T. (2014). Review of 'Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity'. American Ethnologist, 41(4), 771-772.

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. [More Information]

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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