Continent in Dust: Experiments in a Chinese Weather System (Critical Environments: Nature, Science, and Politics #10) (Paperback)

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In China, the weather has changed. Decades of reform have been shadowed by a changing meteorological normal: seasonal dust storms and spectacular episodes of air pollution have reworked physical and political relations between land and air in China and downwind. Continent in Dust offers an anthropology of strange weather, focusing on intersections among statecraft, landscape, atmosphere, and society. Traveling from state engineering programs that attempt to choreograph the movement of mobile dunes in the interior, to newly reconfigured bodies and airspaces in Beijing, and beyond, this book explores contemporary China as a weather system in the making: what would it mean to understand “the rise of China” literally, as the country itself rises into the air?


About the Author

Jerry C. Zee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University.

Praise For…

"Continent in Dust is a timely and critical intervention in the roles and relationships of China and Asia in weather-world-systems. . . . It is a welcome contribution to a growing conversation about how material, ecological and meteorological phenomena are mutually implicated with practices, knowledges and experiences of sovereignty, ethics, and sociality."
— International Journal of Asian Studies
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520384095
ISBN-10: 0520384091
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: January 11th, 2022
Pages: 332
Language: English
Series: Critical Environments: Nature, Science, and Politics