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Xinyu Guan


Xinyu is a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology. His interests are in state socialism, urban space, and the post-socialist transformation of modern China. In particular, he wishes to focus on the organization of urban space and everyday life through the "danwei" (work unit) system, and how these spaces and practices have shaped the development of capitalism in contemporary China.

He also wants to explore how conceptions of family, gender and public space have evolved in these spaces, and how they have informed various political subjectivities and urban struggles in modern China.

Xinyu is from Singapore. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London.


post-socialism, history of capitalism, urban space, urban anthropology, China


  • Anthropology
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program