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Yanan Ding probes the sociality of the old clubs and associations in Shanghai after its opening up as a treaty port city. Operating under imperial extraterritoriality, clubs in old Shanghai transplanted the social hierarchy from their home country and were highly formal and rule bound. The clubs of the Shanghailanders were the product of colonialism as well as localism. The emergence of social clubs is indicative of Shanghai’s historical development as a cosmopolitan city. This study adds to the literature on the urban history of China a unique and underexplored perspective.
Dr Ding is Swire-Cathy Pacific Visiting Academic at St Antony’s College and Advisory Board Member of Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.