China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces: Creativity, Sociality, Identity and Resistance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces

Creativity, Sociality, Identity and Resistance, 1st Edition

Edited by Vanessa Frangville, Gwennaël Gaffric

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304 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Description

Presenting the collaborative work of thirteen international specialists of contemporary Chinese culture and society, this book explores the spaces of creation, production and diffusion of ‘youth cultures’ in China among generations born since the 1980s.

Defining the concept of ‘youth culture’ as practices and activities that catalyze self-expression and creativity, this book investigates the emergence of new physical spaces, including large avenues, parks, shopping malls and recreation areas. Building on this, it also examines the influence of non-physical places, especially digital cultures, such as online social networks, shopping platforms, cosplay, cyberliterature and digital calligraphy and argues that these may in fact play a more significant role in Chinese civil society today.

As an exploration of how youth can be creative even in a coercive environment, China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces will be valuable to students and scholars of Chinese society, as well those working on the links between space, youth and culture.

Table of Contents

Where Wild Grass Grow: Chinese Youth Culture Formation in Physical and Virtual Spaces, Vanessa Frangville and Gwennaël Gaffric

Part 1: Youth culture in Commodified Collective Spaces

1. From Homes to Parks, Shopping Malls and Theatres – Trajectory of Spatial Swift in Chinese Erciyuan Cosplay Practices, Hua Bin

2. From Tian’anmen Square to Grand Palais in Paris: The Shifting Spirit in the Commodification of Rock in the PRC, Peng Lei

3. Can China have its hip hop? Negotiating the Boundaries between Mainstream and Underground Youth Cultural Spaces on the Internet Talent Show Rap of China, Jingsi Christina Wu

Part 2: Spaces of Sociability

4. Spaces of Youth Cultural Production in Rural China, Adam Chau

5.The Sociability of Millennials in Cyberspace: A Comparative Analysis of Barrage Subtitling in Nico Nico Douga and bilibili, Seio Nakajima

6. Representations of Sociability in Public Spaces in the Uyghur Web Series Anar Pishti: Resilience, Resistance and Reinvention, Vanessa Frangville

Part 3: Spaces of Social Engagement

7. Masked Demonstrations: Deploying Creative Tactics to Protest Air Pollution, Elizabeth Brunner

8. Chinese LGBT+ Activism – Playing, Organizing and Playful Resistance, Stijn Deklerck

9. Struggling around the politics of recognition: the formation of communities of interpretations and of emotions among a collective of migrant workers in 21st Century China, Eric Florence

Part 4: Traveling in Space-Time

10. Collective Space/Time Travel in Chinese Cyberliterature, Gwennaël Gaffric

11. Back to the Future with Chinese characteristics: the case of Han Han’s Duckweed retro sci-fi, Corradi Neri

12. "We are not like the calligraphers of ancient times". A study of young calligraphy practitioners in contemporary China, Laura Vermeeren and Jeroen De Kloet

Afterthoughts: Rethinking the Spatial Politics of Presence in China’s Youth Culture, Lisa Richaud

About the Editors

Vanessa Frangville is Senior Lecturer and Chair holder in Chinese studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Director of EASt, ULB’s research centre on East Asia.

Gwennaël Gaffric is currently Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the Université de Lyon, France) He is also translator of Chinese, Hongkongese and Taiwanese contemporary novels.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Asian Societies

Routledge Contemporary Asian Societies provides an original and distinctive contribution to current debates on evolutions shaping societies, cultures, politics and media across North and South East Asia. It is interdisciplinary in its approach and the editors welcome proposals across the social sciences and humanities; from political, social, cultural and economic studies to gender, media, literature, anthropology, philosophy and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies