The lives and aspirations of young Chinese (those between 14 and 26 years old) have been transformed in the past five decades. By examining youth cultures around three historical points - 1968, 1988, and 2008 - this book argues that present-day youth culture in China has both international and local roots. Paul Clark describes how the Red Guards and sent-down youth of the Cultural Revolution era carved out a space for themselves, asserting their distinctive identities, despite tight political controls. By the late 1980s, Chinese-style rock music, sports, and other recreations began to influence the identities of Chinese youth. In the 21st century, the Internet offered a new, broader space for expressing youthful fandom and frustrations. From the 1960s to the present, global youth culture has been reworked to serve the needs of the young Chinese.
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Paul Clark examines today's youth culture phenomena - centered on music, fashions, and separate spaces (both real and virtual) for the young - and traces their roots in the efforts of Red Guard followers of Chairman Mao in the 1960s and 1970s and in the youthful rebels of the late 1980s. In doing so, he argues that present-day youth culture in China has both international and local roots.About the Author:
Paul Clark is a Professor of Chinese at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of The Chinese Cultural Revolution: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Reinventing China: A Generation and Its Films (2005) and Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1987).
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Buchzustand: As New. ix 294p paperback, illustrated, a firm and fresh copy, like new. Artikel-Nr. PAB 178543