On the 路(Lu) to the Loo: A Case Study of Public Restrooms in China Since the Chinese Communist Revolution

Newsom, Elizabeth S. (2017) On the 路(Lu) to the Loo: A Case Study of Public Restrooms in China Since the Chinese Communist Revolution. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Minjoo Oh from Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Mississippi.

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This thesis is a case study of China’s changing perceptions on privacy, hygiene and sanitation, as well as gender through public restrooms across the three different time periods of the 1950s, the early 2000s, and the 2010s. I analyze the situations, laws, civil codes, and perceptions that lead to different toilet styles. As toilets and defecation are taboo subjects, I use online anonymous resources like Zhihu to discover the modern perceptions of people on today’s toilets as well as architecture and statistics. I in part find that I can analyze China’s income disparity through toilets as the Coastal region of China has the most public restrooms and the Western region of China has the least. Then, I analyze what effect and correlation this has on their society.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Newsom, Elizabeth S.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Chinese
Thesis Advisor: Minjoo Oh
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Depositing User: Elizabeth Newsom
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 15:33
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/907

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