June 5, 2013

Mobile Phones And Clothes Are Important Status Symbols For Chinese Farmers

Relative status is important to Chinese farmers. For women, spending money on clothes, restaurants and mobile phones signals status; mobile phones serve the same function for men. All of this is found in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

[via RedOrbit]

Thesis by Fredrik Carlsson, Ping Qin: It is better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a phoenix: Concern for relative standing in rural China.

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