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Reconstruction of Urban Space and Memories, and Politics of Images In Shanghai: Focused on the Contemporary TV Dramas Dwelling Narrowness, The Disguiser, Ode To Joy

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2019, (45), pp.75-96
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2019..45.004
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : July 22, 2019
  • Accepted : August 22, 2019
  • Published : August 30, 2019

Ko Yoonsil 1

1목포대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study attempts to examine the cultural system which entirely organizes Chinese life worlds and changes of the contemporary Chinese society, by analyzing the main ideologies appearing through the design of urban structures and spaces and the action of images as practical discourses for it. It recognizes the 'culture' for problems in the contemporary Chinese society as a meaning system, reflects the Raymond Williams's cultural research perspective arguing that multilateral reading is possible and begins with active interest in problems and phenomena in the contemporary Chinese society. This study has an implication, in that it attempts to enhance the potential of new humanities through the negotiation and dialogue with literature and sociology, and it also extends the width of studies and seeks for qualitative improvement. This study aims to examine the mechanism of cultural production in the contemporary Chinese society. It intends to analyze institutions and policies for organizing the urban landscape in Shanghai and consider the political action of images as practical discourses. Here, the urban landscape is the representation of main ideologies and the political action of images involves all of visual practice and contents, for propagation and reinforcement of policies based on main ideologies: all kinds of posters, slogans and cultural events. They reorganize the memory of a specific period and space in Shanghai, a capitalist city into symbolic images in the space of socialist revolution and continuously reinforce it. This study considers the mechanism in which politics integrates culture via capital, by examining such reorganization and reinforcement. In addition, it attempts to understand the contemporary mechanism of cultural production, by deeply considering Chinese lifestyles and changes in their psychological structures, in terms of politics, economics and culture.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.