Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2016-2017
Tracey Rosen received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate students. With funding from Fulbright-Hays and the Council for European Studies, she has conducted over three years of doctoral field research in Greece, Europe and China. Her dissertation examines the semiotic and practical dimensions of Chinese trade in Greece over the last fifteen years. Her research interests include global capitalism, migration, racial and ethnic formation, semiotics, and critical theory.
How «Made in China» is made in Greece tracks the introduction of Chinese merchants, commodities, and capital into local Greek markets over the course of the past fifteen years (from the adoption of the Euro to the sovereign debt crisis and its aftermath). It is conceived as an ethnography of advanced, global capitalism that examines how the representations of self/other that emerge out of this new «Sino-Hellenic» contact situation are shaped by historical categories as well as contemporary commercial practices. It explores how such emergent representations are not mere epistemological effects, but are themselves forms of practice that operate to fragment market sociality, resulting in a more liberalized and competitive market. The book attends to both Greek and Chinese merchants to understand how forms of inter and intra-ethnic credit extension, commodity chains, competitive/cooperative strategies interface with evolving forms of trust, solidarity, and cynicism.