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The Party and the Arty in China : The New Politics of Culture - Richard Curt Kraus

The Party and the Arty in China

The New Politics of Culture

Paperback Published: 28th April 2004
ISBN: 9780742527201
Number Of Pages: 249

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In this original exploration of the dynamic and potent interface between Chinese culture and politics, Richard Kraus examines the impact of the market on the once-comprehensive system of state patronage of the arts in the PRC. The author uses all genres of art to explore the changing nature of politics, seen through such phenomena as ideology, propaganda, censorship, and the relationship of artists to the state. Kraus makes three provocative arguments: First, the commercialization of China's cultural life has been intellectually liberating, but also poses serious economic challenges that artists are sometimes slow to master. Second, despite conventional wisdom in the West that China's economic reforms have not been followed by serious political reform, he shows that the shift from state patronage to a mixed system of private and public sponsorship is in fact a fundamental political change. Third, Western recognition of the reformation in China's cultural life has been obscured by a combination of ignorance, ideological barriers, and foreign policy rivalry. Cogent, witty, and deeply informed, this comprehensive overview of the Chinese arts scene will be an essential text for all observers of contemporary China.

Richard Kraus's gracefully written, refreshingly irreverent examination of the impact of the market on China's erstwhile system of state patronage of the arts explicitly rejects the conventional wisdom that extensive economic reform has not been accompanied by substantial political change. Kraus has given us one of those rare scholarly books students will actually enjoy reading.--Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California

Prefacep. vii
Cultural Reform as an Afterthoughtp. 1
The Waning Authority of the Chinese State as Patron of the Artsp. 37
Normalizing Nudityp. 73
The Chinese Censorship Game: New Rules for the Prevention of Artp. 107
Artists as Professionalsp. 143
The Price of Beautyp. 183
The Hands That Feed Themp. 213
Indexp. 239
About the Authorp. 249
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ISBN: 9780742527201
ISBN-10: 0742527204
Series: State and Society in East Asia
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 28th April 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.99  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35