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Postsocialism And Cultural Politics

Author: Xudong Zhang
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822342304
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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: 1849665435
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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: 1137514701
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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 The United Nations

Author: Janka Oertel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474228283
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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.

Exhibiting The Past

Author: Kirk A. Denton
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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A study of museums, and their representation of history, in post-Mao China.

China And New Left Visions

Author: Jie Lu
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739165186
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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.

Uneven Modernity

Author: Haomin Gong
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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This book makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of Chinese studies as well as the study of uneven development in general.

Insurgency Trap

Author: Eli Friedman
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801470501
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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.

Minority Rules

Author: Louisa Schein
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822324447
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Gender, ethnicity, and nation in China, as seen through an ethnography of the changing cultural production of the Miao, a minority population.