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Culture and Economy in the New Shanghai

By Justin O'Connor, Xin Gu

© 2018 – Routledge

248 pages

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Hardback: 9780415714075
pub: 2017-09-30

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As China’s leading economic metropolis and ‘most western city’ Shanghai in the last twenty years has used culture as a major spur to its ambitions to become a global city. This book is the first systematic investigation of how various ‘cultural economy’ strategies have been framed and pursued in a Chinese urban context. But Shanghai’s modernization, frequently couched in terms of ‘catching up with the West’ has – like that of China as a whole – developed a momentum and trajectory which has begun to challenge western-centric notions of development. If this has been partially recognised in terms of the axiomatic relations between capitalism and liberal democracy, it has been less so in terms of cultural economy policies whose pursuit has become an index of global modernity. This book engages in the debates on the ‘separation’ and ‘convergence’ of culture and economy in a context in which the framework of ‘Euro-modernity’ is being increasingly challenged.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: ‘Cultural Economy’ and the Question of Modernity 2. Modernity and Urbanity: Shanghai as Cultural Intermediary 3. Maoist Modernity: Culture and Economy as Politics 4. Normalisation: Re-establishing Politics, Culture and Economics 5. Shanghai: Cosmopolitan Modernity as Development Policy 6. The Cultural and Creative Industries as Urban Policy 7. Cultural Intermediaries, Cultural Entrepreneurs and On-line/Off-line Scenes 8. Shanghai’s Cultural Economy in Global Perspective 9. Chinese Modernities?

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Culture, Economy and the Social

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

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The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General