Digital money and migration in China: Contemporary monetary practices and imagined economic futures
Dr McDonald, Tom (Principal investigator)
Money, Internet, Economics, Migration, Communication
Humanities & Social Sciences (H)
RGC Early Career Scheme (ECS)
HKU Project Code
Early Career Scheme (ECS)
1 To obtain an understanding of whether, and if so how, digital forms of money impact upon the form, frequency and nature of remittances being sent by migrant labourers, and any associated effects on social relationships. 2 To document attitudes toward, and practices of, digital money use (or planned use) by migrant labourers for saving, investment and entrepreneurial activities, including how such practices relate to economic wellbeing in their own envisioned futures. 3 To observe and record any ways in which everyday consumptive practices of migrant labourers are being reshaped by the use of digital money, and the social implications thereof. 4 To assess whether, and if so in what way, the above objectives are experienced differently by migrants according to generational and gender variables.