Shanghai : images of modernity

O'Connor, Justin & Gu, Xin (2012) Shanghai : images of modernity. In Anheier, Helmut & Isar, Raj Yudhishthir (Eds.) Cultures and Globalization: Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance. SAGE Publications Inc., California, United States of America, pp. 288-300.

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This chapter profiles China's biggest city and economic powerhouse, Shanghai. The authors examine the city’s use of culture to position itself as a global city and how a particular narrative of the city has informed western commentators and Shanghai policy makers. They also analyze the development of an arts and cultural infrastructure and the parallel separation of art and entertainment, with contemporary art as an unexpected challenge, but one the city successfully negotiated. They looks at the marketisation of culture and the context in which this takes place, tracing the connections between market reforms in culture and those in the wider economy. The authors are convinced that the half-formed or distorted use of western concepts like creative industries or creative clusters, rather than indicating a duplicity or an incomplete modernity actually highlight some of the complicities of canonical cultural policy.

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ID Code: 43727
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Creative Industries, Cultural Policy, Culture-led regeneration, Creative Clusters, China
ISBN: 978-1-4462-0122-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Introduction and editorial arrangement © Hemlut Anheier and Yudishthir Raj Isar 2012; Foreward © Saskia Sassen; Individual Chapters © The Authors (s)
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