A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City
The book begins by examining the history of the jazz-age dance scenes that arose in the ballrooms and nightclubs of Shanghai’s foreign settlements. During its heyday in the 1930s, Shanghai was known worldwide for its jazz cabarets that fused Chinese and Western cultures. The 1990s have seen the proliferation of a drinking, music, and sexual culture collectively constructed to create new contact zones between the local and tourist populations. Today’s Shanghai night scenes are simultaneously spaces of inequality and friction, where men and women from many different walks of life compete for status and attention, and spaces of sociability, in which intercultural communities are formed. Shanghai Nightscapes highlights the continuities in the city’s nightlife across a turbulent century, as well as the importance of the multicultural agents of nightlife in shaping cosmopolitan urban culture in China’s greatest global city.
To listen to an audio diary of a night out in Shanghai with Farrer and Field, click here: http://n.pr/1VsIKAw.
1 Scenes and Nightscapes
2 The Golden Age of the Jazz Cabaret
3 The Fall and Rise of Social Dance
4 Transnational Club Cultures
5 Imbibing Cosmopolitanism
6 Jazz Metropolis
7 Nightlife Sexual Scenes
8 From Interzones to Transzones
9 Nightlife Neighborhoods