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Article: Of ghosts and gangsters: Capitalist cultural production and the Hong Kong Film Industry

TitleOf ghosts and gangsters: Capitalist cultural production and the Hong Kong Film Industry
Authors
Keywordsmedia ethnography
Hong Kong
ghosts
capitalist production
production studies
Issue Date2012
Citation
Visual Anthropology Review, 2012, v. 28, n. 1, p. 32-49 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article contends that ghosts and gangsters are not merely popular genres in the Hong Kong film industry; they are also legitimate participants in the film production process itself, influencing financial, creative, and logistical resources and decisions. Film personnel's accounts of the possession and protection of their bodies by members of the cosmological and criminal underworlds, particularly in location filming in graveyards and gangster turf as well as ritual payments and appeasements made to the underworlds, reveal the diverse risks and cultural practices in film production. This article argues that despite the rationalization of commercial filmmaking, " enchantments" in the form of religion and feudalistic crime linger within capitalist production. © 2012 by the American Anthropological Association.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/213964
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.113

 

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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Sylvia J.-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-19T13:41:23Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-19T13:41:23Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationVisual Anthropology Review, 2012, v. 28, n. 1, p. 32-49-
dc.identifier.issn1058-7187-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/213964-
dc.description.abstractThis article contends that ghosts and gangsters are not merely popular genres in the Hong Kong film industry; they are also legitimate participants in the film production process itself, influencing financial, creative, and logistical resources and decisions. Film personnel's accounts of the possession and protection of their bodies by members of the cosmological and criminal underworlds, particularly in location filming in graveyards and gangster turf as well as ritual payments and appeasements made to the underworlds, reveal the diverse risks and cultural practices in film production. This article argues that despite the rationalization of commercial filmmaking, " enchantments" in the form of religion and feudalistic crime linger within capitalist production. © 2012 by the American Anthropological Association.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofVisual Anthropology Review-
dc.subjectmedia ethnography-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectghosts-
dc.subjectcapitalist production-
dc.subjectproduction studies-
dc.titleOf ghosts and gangsters: Capitalist cultural production and the Hong Kong Film Industry-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1548-7458.2012.01109.x-
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dc.identifier.volume28-
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dc.identifier.spage32-
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