The myth of "shanzhai" culture and the paradox of digital democracy in China
Publication in refereed journal



摘要This article analyzes the Internet-based campaign for the shanzhai Spring Festival Gala in connection with the rise of digital democracy and the burgeoning economy of grassroots culture in China. Emerging as a bottom-up challenge to the political and economic monopoly of CCTV's annual Spring Festival Gala, the campaign rode on the popular myth of shanzhai culture, which captured people's imagination for its associations with grassroots digital democracy. By depicting how different social players appropriate the narratives of shanzhai to construct a collective social imaginary of democracy, the article explores the specific formation of an Internet-facilitated shanzhai democracy, arguing that the myth of shanzhai currently enables and confounds political resistance in China. It nurtures a political subjectivity that encourages the instrumental marriage of affective emotion, populist anarchism, and commercial self-branding and publicity, and cultivates a shanzhai democracy that thrives on the commodification of politics and the monetization of the netizen's and the public's affective labor. The myth of shanzhai reflects the contested nature of digital democracy in contemporary China, marking a transitional space, a symbiotic relationship with power, and a fluid frontier to be constantly redefined and defended.
著者Zhang L, Fung A
期刊名稱Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
出版社Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
頁次401 - 416
關鍵詞cultural economy; digital democracy; grassroots culture; political resistance; Shanzhai culture
Web of Science 學科類別Anthropology; ANTHROPOLOGY; Asian Studies; Cultural Studies; CULTURAL STUDIES

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