Underglobalization

Beijing's Media Urbanism and the Chimera of Legitimacy

Underglobalization

Book Pages: 288 Illustrations: 87 illustrations Published: March 2020

Author: Joshua Neves

Subjects
Asian Studies > East Asia, Globalization and Neoliberalism, Media Studies > Media Technologies

Despite China's recent emergence as a major global economic and geopolitical power, its association with counterfeit goods and intellectual property piracy has led many in the West to dismiss its urbanization and globalization as suspect or inauthentic. In Underglobalization Joshua Neves examines the cultural politics of the “fake” and how frictions between legality and legitimacy propel dominant models of economic development and political life in contemporary China. Focusing on a wide range of media technologies and practices in Beijing, Neves shows how piracy and fakes are manifestations of what he calls underglobalization—the ways social actors undermine and refuse to implement the specific procedures and protocols required by globalization at different scales. By tracking the rise of fake politics and transformations in political society, in China and globally, Neves demonstrates that they are alternate outcomes of globalizing process rather than anathema to them.

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“Through a meticulous and multivalent study of the many discourses and practices around the fake, Joshua Neves provides us a kaleidoscopic and fascinating view of the sociality and media culture of contemporary Beijing, China, Asia, and the world. This truly interdisciplinary work draws resources from many fields and many cultures, and it demonstrates vividly how the logic of development densely infiltrates our mentality and ways of living.” — Laikwan Pang, author of Creativity and Its Discontents: China’s Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights Offense

“Joshua Neves treats the transformations of Beijing's cityscape as an experienced physical reality, an imagined construct in popular culture and art, and representative of what is happening in China. By disclosing what is distinctive and elusive about China's seemingly triumphant developmental nation-building project, Neves makes a provocative intervention at the nexus of several interdisciplinary subfields, from urban media studies and Asian developmental studies to postsocialism studies and global subaltern studies.” — Dilip P. Gaonkar, Professor in Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University

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Joshua Neves is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Film Studies, Concordia University, and coeditor of Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global, also published by Duke University Press.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0805-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0763-0
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