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Chinese citizenship and globalization

Keane, Michael A. (2007) Chinese citizenship and globalization. In Hudson, Wayne & Slaughter, Steven (Eds.) Globalisation and citizenship: The transnational challenge. Routledge, United Kingdom, London, pp. 43-51.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the way in which forms of popular culture influenced by globalization are impacting upon Chinese citizenship. The example that I will draw on is the hugely successful popular singing talent show, Super Girl (chaoji nusheng), produced by Hunan Satellite TV in southern China, and broadcast nationally in 2005. In this popularity contest adjudicated by viewers, the individual self emerged — at least for some international media and Chinese pundits — as an emblem of China’s integration within the global economy. The right to express uniqueness, to perform, and to engage in pastiche triumphed over regimented conformity. Was this democracy in another guise — a form of peaceful evolution? Has the program irrevocably cast into doubt the government’s capacity to regulate self-expression? Will Chinese youth in future be demanding further cultural rights of association and expression? Indeed, in this age of access to interactive technology, it seems that Chinese youth can engage with impunity in activities that their parents could scarcely imagine.

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ID Code: 6226
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author : m.keane@qut.edu.au
Keywords: China, citizenship, reality TV
ISBN: 9780415368339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Routledge
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:40

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