Displacing Desire Travel and Popular Culture in China
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Description: Why do millions of people from around the world flock to Dali, a small borderland town in the Himalayan foothills of southwest China? Inspired by representations in popular culture that engender fantasies of the exotic, these tourists, Western and Chinese, journey to Dali, Yunnan, in search of an imagined place where they can indulge their craving for authenticity, display their status in the present, and act out their nostalgia for the past. Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, Beth Notar explores struggles over place as people in Dali attempt to represent their historical identity and define their future. Displacing Desire takes representation into the realm of practice to consider the ways in which those who are represented must contend with their image in popular culture and the material after-effects of representations even decades after their original production. It contributes to an exploration of travel as performance of nostalgia, fantasy, and status. More specifically it contributes to an understanding of the growth of consumer culture in China, examining what China's modernization process and market economy mean for different social actors in their struggles over power and place.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|A Note, on Transcription||p. xii|
|Measure Conversions||p. xiv|
|With the Sign Begins the Search||p. 1|
|Lonely Planeteers and a Transnational Authentic||p. 20|
|Five Golden Flowers: Utopian Nostalgia and Local Longing||p. 47|
|Heavenly Dragons: Commodifying a Fantastic Past||p. 80|
|Earthly Demons: Displacing the Present||p. 111|
|Off and On the Road to Reform||p. 137|
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