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What does it mean to be young in a country that is changing so fast? What does it mean to be young in a place ruled by one Party, during a time of intense globalization and exposure to different cultures? This fascinating and informative book explores the lives of Chinese youth and examines their experiences, the ways in which they are represented in the media, and their interactions with old and, especially, new media. The authors describe and analyze complex entanglements among family, school, workplace and the state, engaging with the multiplicity of Chinese youth cultures. Their case studies include, among others, the romantic fantasies articulated by pop idols in TV dramas in contrast with young students working hard for their entrance exams and dream careers. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of youth culture, the sociology of youth and China studies more broadly. By showing how Chinese youth negotiate these regimes by carving out their own temporary spaces from becoming a goldfarmer in a virtual economy to performing as a cosplayer this book ultimately poses the question: Will the current system be able to accommodate this rapidly increasing diversity?show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 148 x 209 x 19mm | 344g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745679188
  • 9780745679181
  • 696,980

About Jeroen De Kloet

Jeroen de Kloet is Professor in Globalization Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (AGCS) at the University of Amsterdam Anthony Y. H. Fung is Professor and Director of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he is also Professor at Beijing Normal University and Jinan University in Chinashow more

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Using an innovative methodology including interviews and ethnographic studies, the authors have given us a complex study of youth cultures. They do an excellent job of examining important and understudied issues such as media representations of youth in contemporary popular and digital culture. Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California In this interrogation of the multiplicity of youth cultures in China, the authors ditch familiar stereotypes of China's youth to explore how young urban people are charting challenging paths for China's future. Based largely on ethnographic research, this book will appeal to non-specialist readers as well as students of contemporary Chinese culture and society. Harriet Evans, University of Westminstershow more

Table of contents

MapChronologyAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Youth in ChinaNo More RevolutionYouth ScapesChanging Youth ValuesThe ChaptersCreative WarfareChapter 1: Youth and Power: Education, Family, and the StateIntroductionPolitical Values and Party MembershipFamily and FamilismPedagogy and EducationConclusionChapter 2: Dressing up the Future: Chinese Youth TodayIntroductionGlobal InauthenticitiesFashion StylesSonic StylesDigital StylesConclusionChapter 3: Localization of Regional CultureIntroductionLocalizing TV format from withoutRegional TV Formats and Class Re-imaginationRunning Man: The Turn to GamificationPopular Music and FandomThe Chinese AKB48: irrelevance to politicsTFBoys and Korean ImaginationConclusionChapter 4 Chinese Heteronormativity and Its DiscontentsIntroductionChinese Genders?Heteronormative Aspirations I: Survey FindingsHeteronormative Aspirations II: Media RepresentationsUnsettling Heteronormativity I: Romance ComedyUnsettling Heteronormativity II: Queer ChinaUnsettling Heteronormativity III: Sex and FeminismConclusionChapter 5: Mobility, Marginalization and DesireIntroductionMigrant Youth, Representation and DesireMigrant Youth as Media ProducersMigrant Youth and New Media TechnologiesGaming and Immaterial LabourGoldfarming versus FarmingFrom Village to Art Village: New Spaces and MobilityConclusionConclusion: Youth and HopeReferencesshow more

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"Using an innovative methodology including interviews and ethnographic studies, the authors have given us a complex study of youth cultures. They do an excellent job of examining important and understudied issues such as media representations of youth in contemporary popular and digital culture." Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California "In this interrogation of the multiplicity of youth cultures in China, the authors ditch familiar stereotypes of China's youth to explore how young urban people are charting challenging paths for China's future. Based largely on ethnographic research, this book will appeal to non-specialist readers as well as students of contemporary Chinese culture and society." Harriet Evans, University of Westminstershow more

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