Postsocialism and Cultural Politics

Author: Xudong Zhang
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822342308
Release Date: 2008-04-25
Genre: History

Xudong Zhang offers a critical analysis of China's 'long 1990s', the tumultuous years between the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and China's entry into the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

Alternative and Mainstream Media

Author: Linda Jean Kenix
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781849665438
Release Date: 2011-11-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Historically, alternative media have been viewed as fundamental, albeit at times culturally peripheral, forces in social change. In this book, however, Kenix argues that these media do not uniformly subvert the hierarchies of access that are so central to mainstream media - in fact, their journalistic norms and routines have always been based on the professional standards of the mainstream. Kenix goes on to posit the perception of 'mainstream' and 'alternative' as a misconception. She argues that, although alternative media can - and do - construct distinct alternative communications, they have always existed on the same continuum as the mainstream and the two will continue to converge. Through comparative analysis, this book argues that many alternative and mainstream media are merging to create a continuous spectrum rooted in commercial ideology. Indeed, much of what is now considered alternative media actually draws very little from principles of the independent press, whereas many contemporary mainstream media now use communication techniques more commonly associated with media that do not operate for financial gain. This book puts forward a controversial but convincing argument around the relationship between alternative and mainstream media, drawing on examples from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand to strengthen and develop the central premise.

Screening Post 1989 China

Author: W. Ho
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137514707
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Genre: Social Science

This unique book investigates the tug-of-war between the free market economy and authoritative state regulation in Chinese culture after 1989. Contextualizing close textual readings of cinematic and television texts, both officially sanctioned and independently made, Wing Shan Ho illuminates the complex process in which cultural producers and consumers negotiate with both the state and the market in articulating new forms of subjectivity. Ho examines the types of Chinese subjects that the state applauds and aggrandizes in contrast to those that it condemns and attempts to eliminate. Her focus on the socialist spirit exposes inherent contradictions in the current Chinese project of nation-building. This comparative study shines a harsh light on these cultural products and on much more: the confluence between commerce and politics and popular culture, the interaction between state and individuals in popular culture, and the complexity of governmentality in an era of globalization.

China and New Left Visions

Author: Jie Lu
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739165188
Release Date: 2012-07-20
Genre: Political Science

The first English anthology on China’s New Left in a global context, this book presents the history, background, and the focuses of the most critical force in contemporary China. Well-versed in Chinese history and its global connections, the writers provide well documented and insightful perspectives on China’s pursuit of a path radically different from capitalist globalization.

China and the United Nations

Author: Janka Oertel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474228282
Release Date: 2015-03-26
Genre: Political Science

This comprehensive and innovative book examines and explains the development of the relationship between China and the United Nations in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Using historical research and contemporary case studies, the book stresses the importance of domestic determinants of UN policy and concludes that the chances for international actors to significantly influence Chinese UN policy making remain very limited.

Minority Rules

Author: Louisa Schein
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 082232444X
Release Date: 2000
Genre: History

Gender, ethnicity, and nation in China, as seen through an ethnography of the changing cultural production of the Miao, a minority population.

Insurgency Trap

Author: Eli Friedman
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801470509
Release Date: 2014-05-09
Genre: Political Science

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, worker resistance in China increased rapidly despite the fact that certain segments of the state began moving in a pro-labor direction. In explaining this, Eli Friedman argues that the Chinese state has become hemmed in by an “insurgency trap” of its own devising and is thus unable to tame expansive worker unrest. Labor conflict in the process of capitalist industrialization is certainly not unique to China and indeed has appeared in a wide array of countries around the world. What is distinct in China, however, is the combination of postsocialist politics with rapid capitalist development. Other countries undergoing capitalist industrialization have incorporated relatively independent unions to tame labor conflict and channel insurgent workers into legal and rationalized modes of contention. In contrast, the Chinese state only allows for one union federation, the All China Federation of Trade Unions, over which it maintains tight control. Official unions have been unable to win recognition from workers, and wildcat strikes and other forms of disruption continue to be the most effective means for addressing workplace grievances. In support of this argument, Friedman offers evidence from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces, where unions are experimenting with new initiatives, leadership models, and organizational forms.

Uneven Modernity

Author: Haomin Gong
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: UCSD:31822039586763
Release Date: 2012
Genre: History

This book makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of Chinese studies as well as the study of uneven development in general.

China s Twentieth Century

Author: Wang Hui
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781781689080
Release Date: 2016-03-01
Genre: History

An examination of the shifts in politics and revolution in China over the last century What must China do to become truly democratic and equitable? This question animates most progressive debates about this potential superpower, and in China’s Twentieth Century the country’s leading critic, Wang Hui, turns to the past for an answer. Beginning with the birth of modern politics in the 1911 revolution, Wang tracks the initial flourishing of political life, its blossoming in the radical sixties, and its decline in China’s more recent liberalization, to arrive at the crossroads of the present day. Examining the emergence of new class divisions between ethnic groups in the context of Tibet and Xinjiang, alongside the resurgence of neoliberalism through the lens of the Chongqing Incident, Wang Hui argues for a revival of social democracy as the only just path for China’s future. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Children of Marx and Coca Cola

Author: Xiaoping Lin
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824833367
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Art

Studies Chinese avant-garde art and independent cinema from the mid-1990s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. This work situates selected artworks and films in the context of Chinese nationalism and post-socialism and against the background of the capitalist globalization that has so radically affected contemporary China.

Women Writers in Postsocialist China

Author: Kay Schaffer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135091354
Release Date: 2013-07-31
Genre: Social Science

What does it mean to read from elsewhere? Women Writers in Postsocialist China introduces readers to a range and variety of contemporary Chinese women’s writing, which has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. The book addresses the different ways women’s issues are understood in China and the West, attending to the processes of translation, adaptation, and the grafting of new ideas with existing Chinese understandings of gender, feminism, subjectivity, consumerism and (post) modernism. By focusing on women’s autobiographical, biographical, fictional and historical writing, the book engages in a transcultural flow of ideas between western and indigenous Chinese feminisms. Taking account of the accretions of social, cultural, geographic, literary, economic, and political movements and trends, cultural formations and ways of thinking, it asks how the texts and the concepts they negotiate might be understood in the social and cultural spaces within China and how they might be interpreted differently elsewhere in the global locations in which they circulate. The book argues that women-centred writing in China has a direct bearing on global feminist theory and practice. This critical study of selected genres and writers highlights the shifts in feminist perspectives within contemporary local and global cultural landscapes.

Postsocialist Modernity

Author: Jason McGrath
Publisher:
ISBN: 0804773637
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book examines Chinese culture under the condition of postsocialist modernity, in which market reforms have fundamentally altered the fields of film, literature, and cultural debate.

Globalization and Cultural Trends in China

Author: Kang Liu
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824827597
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Political Science

In this timely work, Liu Kang argues that globalization in China is both a historical condition in which the country's gaige kaifang (reform and opening up) has unfolded and a set of values or ideologies by which it and the rest of the globe are judged. Moreover, globalization signals a significant ascendancy of culture. Liu examines China's current ideological struggles in political discourse, intellectual debate, popular culture, avant-garde literature, the news media, and the internet. With careful textual analysis and observation informed by critical theories and cultural studies, he offers a forceful critique of the Chinese version of globalism that privileges economic development at the expense of social justice and equality.