Media and Memory in New Shanghai: Western Performances of Futures Past Amanda Lagerkvist

ISBN: 9781137014641

Published: July 26th 2013

Hardcover

208 pages


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Media and Memory in New Shanghai: Western Performances of Futures Past  by  Amanda Lagerkvist

Media and Memory in New Shanghai: Western Performances of Futures Past by Amanda Lagerkvist
July 26th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 208 pages | ISBN: 9781137014641 | 9.42 Mb

Thriving on its long-term collective memory of possessing futurity, the mega city of Shanghai on the Eastern seaboard of China is once more jockeying for the position as Asias foremost modern place. An essential part of the regeneration ofMoreThriving on its long-term collective memory of possessing futurity, the mega city of Shanghai on the Eastern seaboard of China is once more jockeying for the position as Asias foremost modern place. An essential part of the regeneration of contemporary Shanghai has been the return, not only of foreign direct investment, but of Westerners to the city since the 1990s.

Contributing to current debates about the globality and mediatization of memories, Lagerkvist critically interrogates Shanghais spectacular resurrection into an emergent world center from the vantage point of how Western elites (tourists, expatriates and travel bloggers) partake in the production of New Shanghai. Through performances of memory, Westerners consume the regenerative nostalgia of the city.

This book shows that these mediatized memory practices become essential for the city and tie in with how the municipal government (in tandem with international scriptings of the city in for example films and travel journalism) is currently theming Shanghai by situating memories of futures past and visions for the future in a coherent narrative and sensory-emotive realm of experience.



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