China with a Cut
Title
China with a Cut
Subtitle
Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music
Price
€ 61,95
ISBN
9789089641625
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
256
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
Table of Contents
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Contents - 6 List of Figures and Tables - 8 Acknowledgements - 10 Note on Romanisation and Publication History - 14 Introduction: Global Longings with a Cut - 16 1. Hard Scenes - 38 2. Hyphenated Scenes - 76 3. Subaltern Sounds - 104 4. Musical Taste and Technologies of the Self - 140 5. Producing, Localising and Silencing Sounds - 168 Conclusion: Paradoxical Performances - 194 Notes - 204 Chinese Glossary - 218 Appendix I Interviews - 224 Appendix II Factor Analysis of Singers - 230 Appendix III Popularity of Singers and Bands - 231 Bibliography - 232 Index - 245
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Reviews and Features

“How does sound become local in the global age? This is the question posed by Jeroen de Kloet. As much an ethnography of the subjectivities articulated to pop music practices as it is an interrogation of the assumptions of sinocentricity, this book constitutes a provocative statement on ‘Chineseness’ at the crossroads of contemporary media, everyday life, and geopolitics.” — Rey Chow, Duke University “Jeroen de Kloet provides a rich and fascinating account of the myriad forms of rock in contemporary China. This book transformed my understanding of contemporary Chinese culture – and of rock music beyond Europe and North America.” — David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds “An authoritative, scholarly and up-to-date account of an important and fascinating field of popular music which sets a new benchmark in global music studies.” — Tony Mitchell, University of Technology Sydney

Jeroen de Kloet

China with a Cut

Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music

In the wake of intense globalisation and commercialisation in the 1990s, China saw the emergence of a vibrant popular culture. Drawing on sixteen years of research, Jeroen de Kloet explores the popular music industry in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, providing a fascinating history of its emergence and extensive audience analysis, while also exploring the effect of censorship on the music scene in China.

China with a Cut pays particular attention to the dakou culture: so named after a cut nicked into the edge to render them unsellable, these illegally imported Western CDs still play most of the tracks. They also played a crucial role in the emergence of the new music and youth culture. De Kloet’s impressive study demonstrates how the young Chinese cope with the rapid economic and social changes in a period of intense globalisation, and offers a unique insight into the socio-cultural and political transformations of a rising global power.
Author

Jeroen de Kloet

Jeroen de Kloet is Professor at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and affiliated to the School of Music and Recording Arts, Communication University of China. De Kloet’s publications cover Chinese popular music and youth cultures. His ERC project concerns creative practices in China.