Red Creative (Book)

Culture and Modernity in China

Category: Cultural Studies


Red Creative is an exploration of China’s cultural economy over the last twenty years, particularly through the lens of its creative hub of Shanghai. The research presented here raises questions about the nature of contemporary ‘creative’ capitalism and the universal claims of Western modernity, offering new ways of thinking about cultural policy in China.  

Taking a long-term historical perspective, Justin O’Connor and Xin Gu analyze the ongoing development of China’s cultural industries, examining the institutions, regulations, interests, and markets that underpin the Chinese cultural economy and the strategic position of Shanghai within it. Further, the authors explore cultural policy reforms in post-colonial China and articulate Shanghai’s significance in paving China’s path to modernity and entry to global capitalism. In-depth and illuminating, Red China carefully situates China’s contemporary cultural economy in its larger global and historical context, revealing the limits of Western thought in understanding Chinese history, culture, and society.

Justin O'Connor is professor of cultural economy at the University of South Australia and visiting chair in the Department of Cultural Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He is the coeditor of many books, most recently Cultural Industries in Shanghai: Policy and Planning inside a Global City, also published by Intellect. Xin Gu is a lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the coeditor of many books and special issues, including Re-Imagining Creative Cities in Asia.


Chapter 1:                Introduction: Unknown Knowns

Chapter 2:                The Creative Industries and the China Challenge

Chapter 3:                Culture, Modernity and the Nation-State

Chapter 4:                Shanghai: Cultural Industries and Modernity

Chapter 5:                Post-Reform China and Neoliberalism

Chapter 6:                China as a Civilizational State

Chapter 7:                Shanghai: Creative City

Chapter 8:                Reforming the Culture System

Chapter 9:                Creative Subjects



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