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Article: From performance to politics? Constructing public and counterpublic in the singing of red songs

TitleFrom performance to politics? Constructing public and counterpublic in the singing of red songs
Authors
Keywordspublic
Counterpublic
post-reform China
red song singing
public space
Issue Date2014
Citation
European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 17, n. 5, p. 602-628 How to Cite?
Abstract© The Author(s) 2014.This article uses the conceptual constructs of ‘public’ and ‘counterpublic’ to examine the collective singing of ‘Red Songs’, a state-approved, ideology-laden popular culture, in the city of Guangzhou, China. It approaches these two concepts from actions, practices and shared meanings which render the public/counterpublic visible and concrete. In Guangzhou, the interplays between hegemonic ideas expressed in the red songs and ordinary singers’ agency of re-interpreting and re-reading have shaped the fluidity and complexity of the cultural meanings and political discourses in which this grassroots public dwells. Singers do not simply re-assert the post-reform party-state’s political legitimacy by expressing political allegiance via red songs, but also creatively reconstruct and re-appropriate the meanings woven into red songs to critically reflect upon the social, cultural and moral transformations, as well as new cultural and ethical zeitgeists in the post-reform context. In the meantime, red song singing is also appropriated by New Leftist activists for cultivating new counterpublic political potentials.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238116
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dc.contributor.authorQian, Junxi-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-03T02:13:05Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-03T02:13:05Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 17, n. 5, p. 602-628-
dc.identifier.issn1367-5494-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238116-
dc.description.abstract© The Author(s) 2014.This article uses the conceptual constructs of ‘public’ and ‘counterpublic’ to examine the collective singing of ‘Red Songs’, a state-approved, ideology-laden popular culture, in the city of Guangzhou, China. It approaches these two concepts from actions, practices and shared meanings which render the public/counterpublic visible and concrete. In Guangzhou, the interplays between hegemonic ideas expressed in the red songs and ordinary singers’ agency of re-interpreting and re-reading have shaped the fluidity and complexity of the cultural meanings and political discourses in which this grassroots public dwells. Singers do not simply re-assert the post-reform party-state’s political legitimacy by expressing political allegiance via red songs, but also creatively reconstruct and re-appropriate the meanings woven into red songs to critically reflect upon the social, cultural and moral transformations, as well as new cultural and ethical zeitgeists in the post-reform context. In the meantime, red song singing is also appropriated by New Leftist activists for cultivating new counterpublic political potentials.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies-
dc.subjectpublic-
dc.subjectCounterpublic-
dc.subjectpost-reform China-
dc.subjectred song singing-
dc.subjectpublic space-
dc.titleFrom performance to politics? Constructing public and counterpublic in the singing of red songs-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1367549413515256-
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dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue5-
dc.identifier.spage602-
dc.identifier.epage628-
dc.identifier.eissn1460-3551-
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