Streetlife China

Streetlife China

by Michael Dutton
     
 

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In this collection, Michael Dutton offers both a lively reader and a unified theoretical argument about contemporary Chinese streetlife. The pieces - drawn from newspapers, government documents, academic writing and interviews - build a vivid picture of everyday life in China. Dutton's editorial hand and incisive commentary on these pieces from a rigorous discussion… See more details below

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In this collection, Michael Dutton offers both a lively reader and a unified theoretical argument about contemporary Chinese streetlife. The pieces - drawn from newspapers, government documents, academic writing and interviews - build a vivid picture of everyday life in China. Dutton's editorial hand and incisive commentary on these pieces from a rigorous discussion around current theory. Streetlife is shown to be a creative, dynamic, dissenting, deviant and often compliant aspect of the economic, political and cultural face of China. Key themes are the emergence of a market-driven consumer culture, and how this intersects with social outsiders; state strategies and the street's response. Underlying this narrative is the theme of human rights.

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"I have never come across a reader as imaginatively conceived and stylishly executed as Streetlife China. It offers a remarkably thoughtful, unusual, accessible, sophisticated and rich guide to contemporary China. Dutton shows us official strategies and discourses in their subaltern mirror, and this subtle theoretical move enables him to include materials that articulate and complicate contemporary discourses. One comes away with an incredibly full picture of China's cultural politics, and a vivid sense of the multiple and layered meanings of reform in China." Gyan Prakash, Princeton University

"...underscore the unique qualities of Chinese culture..." Foreign Affairs

"...a worthwhile book...Streetlife China is potentially useful for teachers of modern China (history, society, politics, economics and gender) who wish to give their students a different taste of the vast Chinese banquet." Education About Asia

"...a worthwhile book that uncovers new ground in today's China. Let's hope that the present work is just a beginning. Streetlife China is potentially useful for teachers of modern China (history, society, politics, economics and gender) who wish to give their students a different taste of the vast Chinese banquet." Education About Asia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521631419
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Modern China Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.02(d)

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