Locating China: Space, Place, and Popular Culture

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Jing Wang
Routledge, May 7, 2007 - Social Science - 240 pages

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this volume examines the relationship between space and the production of local popular culture in contemporary China. The international team of contributors examine the inter-relationship between the cultural imaginary of a given place and China’s continuing drive towards urbanization. This has led to the development of new spaces and places, and new forms of spatial practices that destabilize old concepts of the ‘local’ and ‘locality’.

Delivering ethnographic observations and theoretical speculations, this work furthers our understanding of the link between spatial thinking and the production of consumer culture in China.



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Land Of Living Fossils Scaling Cultural Prestige In Chinas Periphery
Regional Formations And Transnational Urbanism In South China
The Cultural Landscape Of Luxury Housing In South China A Regional History
Identifying Chinas Northwest For Nation And Empire
Popularization And Localization A Local Tabloid Newspaper Market
From Barrooms To Teahouses Commercial Nightlife In Hainan Since 1988
Ethnoconsumerism As Cultural Production? Making Space For Miao Style
Anhui Baomu In Shanghai Gender Class And A Sense Of Place
The Pornographic City

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Jing Wang is S. C. Fang Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at MIT and affiliated faculty with Comparative Media Studies there. She is the founder and organizer of the MIT International Program of Critical Policy Studies of China. She is the author of The Story of Stone (1992) and High Culture Fever (1996); the editor of Chinese Popular Culture and the State (2001), co-editor (with Tani Barlow) of Cinema and Desire (2002). She is working on a book manuscript brand new China: advertising and the production of commercial culture. Currently working on branding and advertising in contemporary China.

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