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In this timely and provocative work, Liu Kang argues that globalization is not simply a new conceptual framework through which cultural change in China can be understood; it is 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. In five clear and concise chapters, Liu examines China's current ideological struggles in political discourse, intellectual debate, popular culture, avant-garde literature, the news media, and the internet. He constructs an original understanding of post-revolutionary Chinese culture, making the case that revolutionary culture is still important despite the fact that Mao's ideology has been gutted and arguing for its value in providing China with its own cultural identity, curbing the excesses of capitalism, and putting forward an alternative model of modernization.

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Kang (comparative literature, cultural studies, and Chinese, Duke U.), adopting modified portions of Wallerstein's world systems theory, explores the past decade's worth of change in China within the context of growing capitalist globalization. He views China changes in China as a form of modernity that needs to be understood both in terms of its local specificity, particularly the legacy of Mao's counterhegemonic project, and the impact of universalizing capitalism. In various chapters, he looks at such topics as the clash between the ideologies of socialism and developmentalism, the tensions played out between Maoism and capitalist consumerism in the realm of popular culture, the rise of Chinese avant-garde experimental literature in the 1980s as a reflection of the change into postrevolutionary society, and the cultural and ideological impact of the Internet.
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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.

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ISBN:
9780824827595
Author:
Liu, Kang
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Author:
Liu Kang
Location:
Honolulu
Subject:
General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
China
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Globalization - China
Subject:
China Civilization 20th century.
Subject:
World History - China
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
8.96x6.14x.60 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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