Life's work in the city without ground: Cross-border family politics between Shenzhen and Hong Kong


Jonathan Burrow

PhD defended at: 

University of Oulu


How do we evaluate our life's work, the reflexive understanding of our role in the reproduction of society, when we are curtain out children's lives will be different from ours? How is space produced between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, two metropolises constituted of air-conditioned passageways, concourses and tunnels that aim to disorientate the traveller?

Bringing the family back into the study of borders and global inequality, Jonathan traces the emotional and familial nature of links across distance and difference to produce a narrative of the recent history of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border. He shows that if we take the time to listen to those who love across borders, we can find hidden possibilities embedded in seemingly impossible situations.