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Red Creative

Culture and Modernity in China

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Red Creative

Culture and Modernity in China

Red Creative is an exploration of China’s cultural economy over the last twenty years, particularly through the lens of its creative hub of Shanghai. The research presented here raises questions about the nature of contemporary ‘creative’ capitalism and the universal claims of Western modernity, offering new ways of thinking about cultural policy in China.

Taking a long-term historical perspective, Justin O’Connor and Xin Gu analyze the ongoing development of China’s cultural industries, examining the institutions, regulations, interests, and markets that underpin the Chinese cultural economy and the strategic position of Shanghai within it. Further, the authors explore cultural policy reforms in post-colonial China and articulate Shanghai’s significance in paving China’s path to modernity and entry to global capitalism. In-depth and illuminating, Red Creative carefully situates China’s contemporary cultural economy in its larger global and historical context, revealing the limits of Western thought in understanding Chinese history, culture, and society.

Asian Studies: East Asia

Culture Studies

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"A stunning piece of synthetic scholarship. It’s an essential overview of the limitations of major bodies of western thought in understanding Chinese history, culture, and society, especially the ways concepts of culture and creativity have been mobilized in China over the last twenty years."

David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds

"The book's scope is as remarkable as its depth. It presents an authoritative view of contemporary Chinese cultural policy and the development of the creative industries approach/agenda in China and the Asian region generally. It is a carefully crafted, fully researched analysis and assessment of a culture often treated as an object of fantasy by western intellectuals."

Julian Meyrick, Griffith University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Unknown Knowns Chapter 2: The Creative Industries and the China Challenge Chapter 3: Culture, Modernity and the Nation-State Chapter 4: Shanghai: Cultural Industries and Modernity Chapter 5: Post-Reform China and Neoliberalism Chapter 6: China as a Civilizational State Chapter 7: Shanghai: Creative City Chapter 8: Reforming the Culture System Chapter 9: Creative Subjects

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