The story of China is often controversial and changes quickly according to the political agenda. National identity is transformed from a planned economy to capitalist socialism through political and economic struggles from the 1970s onward. The formation of individualism from a “collective body” in the case of labor migration represents the relationship in the reformation.
Migration has been studied through the process of industrialization in China. However, there is limited research looking at the double migration effect on people who migrant back to their villages due to the deindustrialization and production relocation strategy in China. The loss of personal identity or searching for new individual identity is undermined by the nation-building propaganda. The worker is not a worker, the peasant is not a peasant anymore; they are neither peasant-workers nor worker-peasants. Moreover, technology recreates new senses of a body as an object moving through time and space in the form of globalization or simply freedom of moving, which facilitates the fragmented program of globalism.
The impact made to the individual creates the dynamic of identity reformation and social re-recognition through the economic and technology development. In my research, I will draw attention to the process of digital technology in economic and social development in China. I want to develop an ontology study of political-economic development by looking at the process of industrialization, de-industrialization, and R&D model in China’s case, which shows the existence multi-strategies of economic restructuring. This project as my dissertation research is going to contribute to the knowledge of post-industrial political economic study.