Contemporary Chinese Print Media

Author: Zheng Yi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113451011X
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This book examines the transformations in form, genre, and content of contemporary Chinese print media. It describes and analyses the role of post-reform social stratification in the media, focusing particularly on how the changing practices and institutions of the industry correspond to and accelerate the emergence of a relatively affluent urban leisure-reading market. It argues that this reinvention of Chinese print media vis-à-vis the creation of a post-socialist taste (class) culture is an essential part of the cultural and affective transformations in contemporary Chinese society, and demonstrates how the reinvention of such taste culture effectively creates, through new kinds of reading materials and carefully demarcated target audiences, a middle-class civility that serves as the locus of the new niche media market.

Youth Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region

Author: Usha M. Rodrigues
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443810398
Format: PDF, ePub
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Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region presents an analysis of youth media activities in a diverse, but geographically connected Asia Pacific region. The region, which is spatially connected by its colonial and imperial past, is becoming a significant player in the globalized world. In this context, youth situated in these economically, politically and socially structured communities are redefining their locales through their patterns of media use. The discourse of ‘youth’ in this disparate region is manifest in the media through their identity articulations and social activism. The book illustrates that these ‘youth subcultures’ in the Asia Pacific are part of the well marketed global consumerism culture, and yet at other times independent of the commodifying impetus of global capital. It draws on case studies to examine some of the media practices youth in the region are engaged in and elucidates the process of social change taking place in some Asia Pacific nations. 'This book contributes to the important and growing field of youth media studies. The regionalization of media research is necessarily recuperated here, bringing large populations of media users into a frame of reference that allows critical reflection on the new waves of use and sociality in the Asia Pacific region.' Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Professor of International Studies, UTS

In Search of Paradise

Author: Li Zhang
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801458196
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A new revolution in homeownership and living has been sweeping the booming cities of China. This time the main actors on the social stage are not peasants, migrants, or working-class proletariats but middle-class professionals and entrepreneurs in search of a private paradise in a society now dominated by consumerism. No longer seeking happiness and fulfillment through collective sacrifice and socialist ideals, they hope to find material comfort and social distinction in newly constructed gated communities. This quest for the good life is profoundly transforming the physical and social landscapes of urban China. Li Zhang, who is from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, turns a keen ethnographic eye on her hometown. She combines her analysis of larger political and social issues with fine-grained details about the profound spatial, cultural, and political effects of the shift in the way Chinese urban residents live their lives and think about themselves. In Search of Paradise is a deeply informed account of how the rise of private homeownership is reconfiguring urban space, class subjects, gender selfhood, and ways of life in the reform era. New, seemingly individualistic lifestyles mark a dramatic move away from yearning for a social utopia under Maoist socialism. Yet the privatization of property and urban living have engendered a simultaneous movement of public engagement among homeowners as they confront the encroaching power of the developers. This double movement of privatized living and public sphere activism, Zhang finds, is a distinctive feature of the cultural politics of the middle classes in contemporary China. Theoretically sophisticated and highly accessible, Zhang's account will appeal not only to those interested in China but also to anyone interested in spatial politics, middle-class culture, and postsocialist governing in a globalizing world.

From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature

Author: Yi Zheng
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557535760
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Yi Zheng's book From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature is brilliant, intellectually inventive, and morally serious. Zheng is a global comparatist at home in English studies and in Chinese studies. She structures her book by an argument about modernity and culture, taking the England around the French Revolution and China in the early twentieth century. In both Instances, the modern is registered and elaborated in an aesthelic practice of the sublime. Sublime textual discontinuities produce the psychic exaltation that defines the experience for readers. She locates moments of blockte, repetition, and fracture in the writings of Burke, Wordsworth, and Guo, and she relates these to both the mass and individual grandeurs that her topic also engages. Zheng's study captures the ambiguity of figures who run ahead of culture. taking risks both in life and art that bring them to the far edge, yet who do so in order to preserve values, as well as to transform them. The sublime has attracted some of the best minds in recent criticism and theory, and Zheng joins their company to strike fresh insights and constellate new patterns in a prose that is both taut and eloquent, This is a notably original work. ---Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh in this rare revisit of East-West comparative literature, Yi Zheng takes us beyond the convention of Influence study and tracks the parallel developments in European theories of the sublime (as formulated by Burke and Wordsworth) and in Guo Mouro's conceptualization of the sublime as a timely revolutionary spirit in early twentieth-century China. Attending equally to the aesthetics of the sublime and the historical conditions where differnt strands of theorization and creation arose in response to similar experiences of modernity, Zheng argues that the sublime possesses,) a special power in historical redirection and may thus serve as an aesthetic redemption of history. With its capacious and yet destructive force, the sublime endows literary agency and enables a modern Chinese writer like Guo (1892-1978) to create a new poetic form and a new poetic spirit at the same time, Examined through a comparative lens, the sublime proves to be eminently translatable across space and time, merging diverse cultural traditions, and generating new poetic persoane. Zheng's From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature is outstanding scholarship and sheds new light on modern Chinese and European literature and culture study. The book is an exciting addition to Purdue's series of books in Comparative Cultural Studies.---Yingjin Zhang, University of California San Diego

Cengage Advantage Books World History Since 1500 The Age of Global Integration

Author: Jiu-Hwa L. Upshur
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133387101
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WORLD HISTORY, Fifth Edition, offers readers the engaging WORLD HISTORY text in a compact, affordable format. WORLD HISTORY is a global text that examines world civilizations in a comparative way. Students learn to recognize and analyze trends and interconnections across history and civilizations, thus gaining a clearer view of the social and political forces that have shaped our world. CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WORLD HISTORY, VOLUME II includes 51 maps and numerous primary source excerpts that enliven the past while introducing students to the source material of historical scholarship. Available in the following volumes: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WORLD HISTORY, Fifth Edition (Chapters 1-17), ISBN: 978-1-111-34514-3; Volume I: Before 1600 (Chapters 1-9), ISBN: 978-1-11134-516-7; Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 9-17), ISBN: 978-1-11134-513-6. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Vietnam s New Middle Classes

Author: Catherine Earl
Publisher: Nordic Inst of Asian Studies
ISBN: 9788776941468
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Explores the social consequences of macro-economic reform introduced in Vietnam more than a quarter of a century ago through a focus on young women graduates who hope to find success in Ho Chi Minh City's growing graduate labour market.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465093566
Format: PDF
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In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

China s Emerging Middle Class

Author: Cheng Li
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815704054
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Decades ago, there was no distinct middle class in the People's Republic of China. Any meaningful discussion of China's economy, politics, or society must take into account the rapid emergence and explosive growth of the Chinese middle class. This book details the origins and characteristics of this dramatic change.

Discourse Politics and Media in Contemporary China

Author: Qing Cao
Publisher:
ISBN: 9789027206459
Format: PDF, Kindle
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After three and a half decades of economic reforms, radical changes have occurred in all aspects of life in China. In an authoritarian society, these changes are mediated significantly through the power of language, carefully controlled by the political elites. Discourse, as a way of speaking and doing things, has become an indispensable instrument for the authority to manage a fluid, increasingly fragmented, but highly dynamic and yet fragile society. Written by an international team of leading scholars, this volume examines socio-political transformations of contemporary Chinese society through a systematic account, analysis and assessment of its salient discourses and their production, circulation, negotiation, and consequences. In particular, the volume focuses on the interplay of politics and media. The book s intended readership is academics and students of Chinese studies, language and discourse, and media and communication studies."