Displacing Desire Travel and Popular Culture in China

ISBN-10: 0824830717

ISBN-13: 9780824830717

Edition: 2006

Authors: Beth E. Notar

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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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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
A Note, on Transcriptionp. xii
Measure Conversionsp. xiv
With the Sign Begins the Searchp. 1
Lonely Planeteers and a Transnational Authenticp. 20
Five Golden Flowers: Utopian Nostalgia and Local Longingp. 47
Heavenly Dragons: Commodifying a Fantastic Pastp. 80
Earthly Demons: Displacing the Presentp. 111
Off and On the Road to Reformp. 137
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 187
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