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Article: Performing the public man: Cultures and identities in China's grassroots leisure class

TitlePerforming the public man: Cultures and identities in China's grassroots leisure class
Authors
Issue Date2014
Citation
City and Community, 2014, v. 13, n. 1, p. 26-48 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article examines cultural practices and social life in urban public spaces of postreform China, focusing on the everyday leisure, entertainment, and cultural activities spontaneously organized by grassroots residents or groups. It examines performativity in constituting cultural meanings, reproducing everyday identities, and building up mutual engagements, and unravels the ways in which ordinary people devote resources, labor, and energy to keep alive individual or collective identities. Performances of cultural identities in public spaces entail improvised and temporary social relations which emerge from the immediate contexts of mundane spatial practices. Empirical analyses of public performativity in Guangzhou identify three scenarios, namely, the performativity of public teaching, public shows and performances, and the performative displays of cultural difference between carnivalesque dancing and "high-end culture" in public leisure. © 2014 American Sociological Association.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238105
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dc.contributor.authorQian, Junxi-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-03T02:13:03Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-03T02:13:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationCity and Community, 2014, v. 13, n. 1, p. 26-48-
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238105-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines cultural practices and social life in urban public spaces of postreform China, focusing on the everyday leisure, entertainment, and cultural activities spontaneously organized by grassroots residents or groups. It examines performativity in constituting cultural meanings, reproducing everyday identities, and building up mutual engagements, and unravels the ways in which ordinary people devote resources, labor, and energy to keep alive individual or collective identities. Performances of cultural identities in public spaces entail improvised and temporary social relations which emerge from the immediate contexts of mundane spatial practices. Empirical analyses of public performativity in Guangzhou identify three scenarios, namely, the performativity of public teaching, public shows and performances, and the performative displays of cultural difference between carnivalesque dancing and "high-end culture" in public leisure. © 2014 American Sociological Association.-
dc.languageeng-
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dc.titlePerforming the public man: Cultures and identities in China's grassroots leisure class-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/cico.12049-
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