The Changing Landscape of China s Consumerism

The Changing Landscape of China   s Consumerism
Author: Alison Hulme
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-07-02
ISBN 10: 1780634420
ISBN 13: 9781780634425
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Changing Landscape of China s Consumerism Book Review:

Consumerism in China has developed rapidly. The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism looks at the growth of consumerism in China from both a socio-economic and a political/cultural angle. It examines changing trends in consumption in China as well as the impact of these trends on society, and the politics and culture surrounding them. It examines the ways in which, despite needing to "unlock" the spending power of the rural provinces, the Chinese authorities are also keen to maintain certain attitudes towards the Communist Party and socialism "with Chinese Characteristics." Overall, it aims to show that consumerism in China today is both an economic and political phenomenon and one which requires both surrounding political culture and economic trends for its continued establishment. The ways in which this dual relationship both supports and battles with itself are explored through apposite case studies including the use of New Confucianism in the market context, the commodification of Lei Feng, the new Chinese tourist as a diplomatic tool in consumption, the popularity of Shanzhai (fake product) culture, and the conspicuous consumption of China's new middle class. Provides innovative interdisciplinary research, useful to cultural studies, sociology, Chinese studies, and politics Examines changes in consumerism from multiple perspectives Allows both micro and macro insights into consumerism in China by providing specific case studies, while placing these within the context of geo-politics and grand theory

The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism

The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism
Author: Magnus Boström,Michele Micheletti,Peter Oosterveer
Publsiher: Oxford Handbooks
Total Pages: 952
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0190629037
ISBN 13: 9780190629038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism Book Review:

This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. At this time, we cannot add information about unpublished articles in this handbook, however the table of contents will continue to grow as additional articles pass through the review process and are added to the site. Please note that the online publication date for this handbook is the date that the first article in the title was published online.

Understanding a Changing China

Understanding a Changing China
Author: Howard Davies,Matevž Rašković
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2017-08-23
ISBN 10: 1315470918
ISBN 13: 9781315470917
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding a Changing China Book Review:

As China becomes the world’s largest economy, so it becomes important to understand the key issues shaping the country’s business environment and the behaviour of Chinese businesspeople. This is difficult because those issues are contested. Is China growing at 3% or 8%? Is the Chinese consumer going to save the world? Are state-owned enterprises national champions or zombies? Have we reached the end of "Cheap China"? Can China innovate? Is business still dominated by personal connections? Are markets or the state in control? Does Chinese culture impede or support organizational effectiveness? Are Chinese dragons at your door? Will the finance and property sectors implode? Is the Chinese model sustainable, or will it end in tears? On all these issues there is ill-informed "noise", and an abundance of partisan interpretations. The purpose of this book, therefore, is to provide an even-handed analysis of the key issues that will shape the threats and opportunities arising from China’s development in the next decade. It cannot resolve the competing claims made. However, it does provide the reader with the ideas and the sources of evidence needed to understand and to make well thought-out judgments as China continues to evolve.

Religion and Media in China

Religion and Media in China
Author: Stefania Travagnin
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN 10: 1317534522
ISBN 13: 9781317534525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Media in China Book Review:

This volume focuses on the intersection of religion and media in China, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to bear on the role of religion in the lives of individuals and greater shifts within Chinese society in an increasingly media-saturated environment. With case studies focusing on Mainland China (including Tibet), Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as diasporic Chinese communities outside Asia, contributors consider topics including the historical and ideological roots of media representations of religion, expressions of religious faith online and in social media, state intervention (through both censorship and propaganda), religious institutions’ and communities’ use of various forms of media, and the role of the media in relations between online/offline and local/diaspora communities. Chapters engage with the major religious traditions practiced in contemporary China, namely Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements. Religion and the Media in China serves as a critical survey of case studies and suggests theoretical and methodological tools for a thorough and systematic study of religion in modern China. Contributors to the volume include historians of religion, sinologists, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and media and communication scholars. The critical theories that contributors develop around key concepts in religion—such as authority, community, church, ethics, pilgrimage, ritual, text, and practice—contribute to advancing the emerging field of religion and media studies.

Subverting Consumerism

Subverting Consumerism
Author: Robert Crocker,Keri Chiveralls
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2018-07-24
ISBN 10: 1317281136
ISBN 13: 9781317281139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Subverting Consumerism Book Review:

There is now a widespread interest in reuse in many domains, from opera houses built over old warehouses, to vintage clothes and everyday goods incorporating repurposed materials or parts. Despite its ubiquity, this extensive creative work is typically seen in narrowly environmental terms, as a means of reducing carbon, resource use or waste. However, as this volume shows, reuse also has aesthetic and cultural dimensions and a rich social currency, invoked to consciously subvert the accelerated consumer culture responsible for our unfolding environmental crisis. In three parts, the essays in this book consider reuse in terms of values, aesthetics and meaning, its application in contemporary urban and spatial settings, and the revival of social practices involving a more conscious recourse to reuse and repair. These are bookended by the editors' essays: the first, on the significant relationship between reuse and technological and social acceleration evident in the surrounding consumer society; and the last, on the multiple forms of reuse deployed in a contemporary alternative building practice, and their contributions to presenting alternative ways of living in the world. Challenging dominant understandings of ‘waste’ and ‘consumption’, Subverting Consumerism shows how reuse has become a means for many to creatively engage with the past, and to discover a continuity and sense of place eroded by the accelerative regimes of contemporary consumerism. Becoming a means of resistance, and offering a range of aesthetic, social and economic possibilities, reuse can be found to subvert and challenge the obsessive quest for the new found in contemporary consumerism.

Consumption in China

Consumption in China
Author: LiAnne Yu
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2014-11-05
ISBN 10: 0745684572
ISBN 13: 9780745684574
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consumption in China Book Review:

Consumption practices in China have been transformed at an unprecedented pace. Under Mao Zedong, the state controlled nearly all aspects of what people consumed, from everyday necessities to entertainment and the media; today, shoddy state-run stores characterized by a dearth of choices have made way for luxury malls and hypermarkets filled with a multitude of products. Consumption in China explores what it means to be a consumer in the world’s fastest growing economy. LiAnne Yu provides a multi-faceted portrait of the impact of increased consumption on urban spaces, social status, lifestyles, identities, and freedom of expression. The book also examines what is unique and what is universal about how consumer practices in China have developed, investigating the factors that differentiate them from what has been observed among the already mature consumer markets. Behind the often staggering statistics about China are the very human stories that highlight the emotional and social triggers behind consumption. This engaging book is a valuable resource for students, scholars and business professionals interested in a deeper understanding of what motivates China’s consumers, and what challenges they face as more aspects of everyday life become commoditized.

China s Housing Middle Class

China s Housing Middle Class
Author: Beibei Tang
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2017-10-25
ISBN 10: 1351630024
ISBN 13: 9781351630023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China s Housing Middle Class Book Review:

Home ownership plays a significant role in locating the middle class in most western societies, associated with market, consumerism, democracy and “people like us”, the significant features of the middle class for any society. In China, private home ownership was not the norm from 1949, when the Chinese Communist Party took power, until the 1990s. In the past three decades, however, there has been a fast growing housing consumption and private homeowners have become the most significantly changing aspect of Chinese urban life. In particular, the rise of gated communities has become a predominant feature of the urban landscape. Similar to their western counterparts, the gated communities in China exemplify “high status” symbols with enclosed and restricted residential areas, exclusive community parks and recreational facilities, and professional management and security services. But different from western societies where gated communities usually represent luxurious lifestyles only limited to a small group of people, in urban China gated communities have become one major form of supply in the housing market and one of the most popular and desirable choices for homebuyers. Private home ownership and residency in gated communities, altogether characterize the most significant aspect of comfort living and distinct lifestyles of China’s new middle classes who have successfully got ahead in the socialist market economy. This book examines the formation of “China’s housing middle class”. It develops a theoretical argument about, and provides empirical evidence of the heterogeneity of China’s new middle class, which underlines the relations between the state, market and life chances under a socialist market economy. As such it will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese society, sociology and politics.

Chinese Television in the Twenty First Century

Chinese Television in the Twenty First Century
Author: Ruoyun Bai,Geng Song
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2014-09-15
ISBN 10: 1317755545
ISBN 13: 9781317755548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chinese Television in the Twenty First Century Book Review:

The past two decades witnessed the rise of television entertainment in China. Although television networks are still state-owned and Party-controlled in China, the ideological landscape of television programs has become increasingly diverse and even paradoxical, simultaneously subservient and defiant, nationalistic and cosmopolitan, moralistic and fun-loving, extravagant and mundane. Studying Chinese television as a key node in the network of power relationships, therefore, provides us with a unique opportunity to understand the tension-fraught and , paradox-permeated conditions of Chinese post-socialism. This book argues for a serious engagement with television entertainment. rethinking, It addresses the following questions. How is entertainment television politically and culturally significant in the Chinese context? How have political, industrial, and technological changes in the 2000s affected the way Chinese television relates to the state and society? How can we think of media regulation and censorship without perpetuating the myth of a self-serving authoritarian regime vs. a subdued cultural workforce? What do popular televisual texts tell us about the unsettled and reconfigured relations between commercial television and the state? The book presents a number of studies of popular television programs that are sensitive to the changing production and regulatory contexts for Chinese television in the twenty-first century. As an interdisciplinary study of the television industry, this book covers a number of important issues in China today, such as censorship, nationalism, consumerism, social justice, and the central and local authorities. As such, it will appeal to a broad audience including students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, media studies, television studies, and cultural studies.

China Urban

China Urban
Author: Nancy N. Chen,Constance D. Clark,Suzanne Z. Gottschang,Lyn Jeffery
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 349
Release: 2001-02-28
ISBN 10: 0822381338
ISBN 13: 9780822381334
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China Urban Book Review:

China Urban is an ethnographic account of China’s cities and the place that urban space holds in China’s imagination. In addition to investigating this nation’s rapidly changing urban landscape, its contributors emphasize the need to rethink the very meaning of the “urban” and the utility of urban-focused anthropological critiques during a period of unprecedented change on local, regional, national, and global levels. Through close attention to everyday lives and narratives and with a particular focus on gender, market, and spatial practices, this collection stresses that, in the case of China, rural life and the impact of socialism must be considered in order to fully comprehend the urban. Individual essays note the impact of legal barriers to geographic mobility in China, the proliferation of different urban centers, the different distribution of resources among various regions, and the pervasive appeal of the urban, both in terms of living in cities and in acquiring products and conventions signaling urbanity. Others focus on the direct sales industry, the Chinese rock music market, the discursive production of femininity and motherhood in urban hospitals, and the transformations in access to healthcare. China Urban will interest anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and those studying urban planning, China, East Asia, and globalization. Contributors. Tad Ballew, Susan Brownell, Nancy N. Chen, Constance D. Clark, Robert Efird, Suzanne Z. Gottschang, Ellen Hertz, Lisa Hoffman, Sandra Hyde, Lyn Jeffery, Lida Junghans, Louisa Schein, Li Zhang

American Businesses in China

American Businesses in China
Author: Nancy Lynch Street,Marilyn J. Matelski
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2019-07-25
ISBN 10: 1476636745
ISBN 13: 9781476636740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Businesses in China Book Review:

Since the publication of earlier editions of this book, China's political and economic landscapes have changed dramatically, with the rise of new leadership, evolving alliances, tariff wars, educational policies and technological advancements. Focusing on Chinese-American ventures, this expanded and revised edition chronicles the investments that have marked China's astonishing growth in the 21st century. Adding another dimension to the exploration of Chinese-American commerce, this edition discusses China's roots in Confucian identity and its effect on modern business culture. Case studies of American businesses that have been successful in China are included. Reflecting upon the changing nature of Chinese consumerism and international corporate behavior, the authors close with specific suggestions for those interested in doing business in China.

Whither China

Whither China
Author: Xudong Zhang
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 391
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780822326489
ISBN 13: 0822326485
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Whither China Book Review:

DIVChinese cultural and intellectual politics waned after the Tiananmen Square incident. This volume explores their revitalization in the 1990s./div

Inventing Nanjing Road

Inventing Nanjing Road
Author: Sherman Cochran
Publsiher: Cornell East Asia Series
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1999
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39076002094782
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventing Nanjing Road Book Review:

The contributors to this collection of seven essays (plus an editor's introduction and a comparative afterword) have framed debates about the construction of commercial culture in China. They all have agreed that during the early twentieth century China's commercial culture was centered in the private sector of Shanghai's economy and especially in the concession areas under Western or Japanese rule, but they have differed over the issue of whether foreign influence was decisive in the creation of Shanghai's commercial culture. Between 1900 and 1937, was Shanghai's commercial culture imported from the West or invented locally? And between 1937 and 1945, was the history of this commercial culture cut short by Japanese military invasions and occupations of the city or was it sustained throughout the war? The contributors have proposed various and even conflicting answers to these questions, and their interpretations bear upon wider debates in historical, cultural, and comparative studies.

Cyber nationalism in China

Cyber nationalism in China
Author: Ying Jiang
Publsiher: University of Adelaide Press
Total Pages: 141
Release: 2012-01-01
ISBN 10: 0987171895
ISBN 13: 9780987171894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cyber nationalism in China Book Review:

"The prevailing consumerism in Chinese cyberspace is a growing element of Chinese culture and an important aspect of this book. Chinese bloggers, who have strongly embraced consumerism and tend to be apathetic about politics, have nonetheless demonstrated political passion over issues such as the Western media's negative coverage of China. In this book, Jiang focuses upon this passion - Chinese bloggers' angry reactions to the Western media's coverage of censorship issues in current China - in order to examine China's current potential for political reform. A central focus of this book, then, is the specific issue of censorship and how to interpret the Chinese characteristics of it as a mechanism currently used to maintain state control." --Back cover.

The End of Copycat China

The End of Copycat China
Author: Shaun Rein
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-19
ISBN 10: 1118926722
ISBN 13: 9781118926727
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of Copycat China Book Review:

China's changing course, and sustainable success requires a shift in strategy The End of Copycat China helps business executives and investors understand how China's economy is shifting from one based on heavy investment to one on services and consumption by providing insight that help shape effective strategy. Drawing from over 50,000 interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity investors, private Chinese companies, and multinationals, this book describes how Chinese firms are increasingly focused on innovation rather than copying what worked in America and how consumers are evolving with their hopes, dreams and aspirations. China's growth model of the last three decades is becoming increasingly ineffective, as relying on heavy investment and exports is becoming less and less feasible. Fifty percent of China's growth in 2013 stemmed from consumption, the government is establishing a Free Trade zone in Shanghai and ending the dominance of state-owned enterprises. This book provides a roadmap for companies and investors looking to navigate these changes and capture emerging trends, with deep insight and practical guidance on what innovation looks like in the new China. Survey the development of innovation taking place in China's economy, from an insider's perspective Consider the changes that must take place to shore up the broken growth model Examine the consumer trends emerging in the midst of rapid market evolution Understand how China's rise will impact its neighbors like Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia China's dramatic shift toward consumption presents a tremendous opportunity for foreign business, but traditional tactics are outdated at best, financially fatal at worst, as local competitors focus on innovation and move up the value chain and as consumers look for new brands and categories to spend money on. New strategies are needed to keep pace with the changing regulatory and consumer environments, and "business as usual" won't get very far. The End of Copycat China is the business guide to this emerging market, with expert guidance from the inside.

The New Sinosphere

The New Sinosphere
Author: Leni Wild,David Mepham
Publsiher: Institute for Public Policy Research
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9781860303029
ISBN 13: 1860303021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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3030

3030
Author: John Millichap
Publsiher: 3030
Total Pages: 187
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105123344462
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

3030 Book Review:

30 of China's most exciting photographers under 30 presents a new generation of young artists, unburdened by ideology and immersed in the economic and social changes that have transformed China over the past 20 years.

The Late Age of Print

The Late Age of Print
Author: Ted Striphas,Theodore G. Striphas
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2010-08
ISBN 10: 0231148151
ISBN 13: 9780231148153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Late Age of Print Book Review:

Here, the author assesses our modern book culture by focusing on five key elements including the explosion of retail bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, and the formation of the Oprah Book Club.

British Humanities Index

British Humanities Index
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015066157010
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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bWise Doing Business in China

bWise  Doing Business in China
Author: Sanjyot P. Dunung
Publsiher: Atma Global
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2015-02-09
ISBN 10: 0990545938
ISBN 13: 9780990545934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

bWise Doing Business in China Book Review:

Whether you're new to China or an “old-hand”, bWise China is your must-have, engaging and reliable business guide, a new source for tips and information on doing business in China. With bWise China, you’ll get essential insight on: Business Culture and Practices: Work Schedule, Meeting People, Making Contacts, Meetings, Names & Titles, Greetings, Business Cards, Interactions and Gestures, Management Practices, Accountability & Responsibility, Decision-Making, Developing Trust, & Negotiating Conducting Business in a Social Setting: Dining & Drinking, Visiting a Home, Gift Giving, Tipping, Dress Code Local Culture: Geography, Historical Highlights, Government, Economy, People, Values and Social Customs Plus More: Common Mandarin phrases, Local Travel Tips, Special Appendix on the major faiths practiced in China – Ancestor Worship, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism. As China’s economy continues to grow and open, more companies are pouring into this energetic country either looking for cheap services and products or to sell to its huge consumer market. With more than 1.3 billion people spread over the world’s third largest country, the local business culture varies greatly from region to region, with wide differences in practices, attitudes and traditions. Regardless of the industry or size of business, introductions, connections and relationships, known as guanxi, continue to be very important. While it’s clear that the Chinese business landscape is changing, many traditions remain. Whether determining the seating for a meeting or a banquet, or negotiating a successful deal, understanding the local business culture is essential for success. bWise China explores the evolving changes and their impact on China’s modern business and social culture. bWise China is part of Atma Global’s bWise – Business Wisdom Worldwide series. Engaging, concise, and informative country, culture, and global business guides for professionals, educators, students, and global enthusiasts. Maximize your success potential and satisfy your curiosity as you learn about countries, cultures, and timely global business topics. Edu-taining Content. Our philosophy is that learning should be enjoyable, engaging and user friendly, regardless of how, where, and when you choose to access it. Useful insight needs more than 140 characters. Our approach is not to “spoon feed” you a bunch of do’s and don’ts, rather we look to give you an in-depth, straightforward perspective of a culture, country or a global business topic so that you can extract the information you need and want. Context. We believe that it’s essential to know about how’s and why’s behind a topic. Whether the attitudes towards work and business interactions, business protocols, or the way people communicate – much has to do with the overall context in which society operates. History, government, politics, geography, and a host of other factors all play into this equation as well. More than just a presentation of facts, our essential learning content provide a reliable, comprehensive proprietary analysis about a business culture or global business topic.

World Social Report 2020

World Social Report 2020
Author: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Publsiher: United Nations
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2020-02-14
ISBN 10: 9210043677
ISBN 13: 9789210043670
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Social Report 2020 Book Review:

This report examines the links between inequality and other major global trends (or megatrends), with a focus on technological change, climate change, urbanization and international migration. The analysis pays particular attention to poverty and labour market trends, as they mediate the distributional impacts of the major trends selected. It also provides policy recommendations to manage these megatrends in an equitable manner and considers the policy implications, so as to reduce inequalities and support their implementation.