The Rise of "Doll-Mommies" and "Doll-Daddies" in China: Chinese Youth Meet BJD Culture

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Creator: 

Guo, Feng

Date: 

2019

Abstract: 

This thesis focuses on the contemporary Chinese youth group, "doll-mommies/ daddies," who are involved in Ball-Jointed Doll (BJD) culture. The thesis is based on a content analysis of popular social media, specifically BJD Bar and BJD Tsukkomi Bar on Baidu. I have also incorporated reflections of my own experience as a BJD player as a supplementary source of data. I contend that the BJD culture in contemporary China has become a virtual space for "doll-mommies/daddies" to explore and understand self-representation, social stratification, Chinese culture, and gender and sexuality. The thesis contributes to the sociology of toys and studies of youth culture with a focus on analysing the BJD culture in China. It also contributes new insights to China studies, providing a window to understanding Chinese youth culture and contemporary Chinese society, which has experienced profound changes due to the government's introduction of market economy, globalization, and information technology.

Subject: 

Sociology
Social Structure and Development
Individual and Family Studies

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Sociology

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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