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Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in China

Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in China

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by Michael Keane

China is at the crux of reforming, professionalising, and internationalising its cultural and creative industries. These industries are at the forefront of China’s move towards the status of a developed country. In this comprehensive Handbook, international experts including leading Mainland scholars examine the background to China’s cultural and creative industries as well as the challenges ahead. The chapters represent the cutting-edge of scholarship, setting out the future directions of culture, creativity and innovation in China. Combining interdisciplinary approaches with contemporary social and economic theory, the contributors examine developments in art, cultural tourism, urbanism, digital media, e-commerce, fashion and architectural design, publishing, film, television, animation, documentary, music and festivals.

Chapter 31: Between contemporary and traditional: the ongoing search for a Chinese architectural identity

Christiane M. Herr

Subjects: business and management, asia business, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory

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Ever since wide-ranging political and economic reforms began in the 1980s, China has invested great effort in its continuing modernization. Rapid development and urbanization have affected society on almost every level and have shaped recent architectural history. In contemporary China, architecture and urbanization embody and display collective achievements on China’s road to becoming a modernized nation. The allure of modernization is empowering for those who are part of it; newer districts in Chinese cities proudly display the names of major urban thoroughfares such as ‘Modern Avenue’ and major commercial landmarks like ‘Contemporary Plaza’. Modernization has however also brought with it the destruction of centuries-old material and immaterial traditions, as contemporary urban landscapes throughout China make glaringly obvious (Figure 31.1). Although much of China’s architectural development over the past three decades has centred on modernizing through opening up to and importing Western ideas, a parallel discourse addresses the continuation or reinvention of tradition.

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