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Cities Surround the Countryside Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China

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ISBN-10: 0822347288

ISBN-13: 9780822347286

Edition: 2010

Authors: Robin Visser

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Denounced as parasitical under Chairman Mao and devalued by the norms of traditional Chinese ethics, the city now functions as a site of individual and collective identity in China. Cities increasingly envelope the countryside, not only geographically and demographically, but also in terms of cultural influence. Robin Visser examines how the radical growth of China's cities during the past three decades has informed the cultural imagination. Interpreting fiction, cinema, visual art, architecture, and urban design, she considers how the aesthetics of the urban environment have shaped the emotions and behaviour of individuals and cultures, and how individual and collective images of and…    
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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction Cities Surround the Countryside
Conceiving the Postsocialist City
Designing the Postsocialist City
Urban Planning and Its Discontents
Theorizing the Postsocialist City
The Cultural Politics of Urban Aesthetics
The City as Subject
Performing the Postsocialist City
Beijing Identity in Art, Cinema, and Fiction
Consuming the Postsocialist City
Shanghai Identity in Art, Cinema, and Fiction
The Subject in the City
The Melancholic Urban Subject
Black Snow, Private Life, Breathing, and Candy
Postsocialist Urban Ethics
Modernity and the Morality of Everyday Life
Conclusion Sustainable Chinese Aesthetics