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Chinese cultural industries and the struggle for rights in Chinese Opera

Ma, Haili 2018. Chinese cultural industries and the struggle for rights in Chinese Opera. Law, Social Justice and Global Development 21 (2)
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This paper examines the discourse of Chinese cultural and creative industries (CCI) from the angle of traditional Chinese opera. Contextualized in the case study of Xi’an Qinqiang (Qin opera) cultural industries reform, this article articulates the intimate relationship between Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ideological evolution and the struggle of Chinese opera market reform. This paper argues that as Chinese opera has been, and still is, a popular cultural form predominantly amongst the peasants and workers, who were the founding base of the CCP, the struggle of the opera market reflects directly the CCP internal turmoil in gaining its own legitimacy. This paper suggests that despite fundamental ideological alteration, reasons for the CCP maintaining sole legal ruling power lie in China’s unique regional-central government structure and the social mediator roles occupied by the artists. The continued negotiation between central (ideology), regional (urbanization) and community (artist) levels, supporting each other for their own survival and legitimacy, forms the structure of China’s latest art market reform, in the name of cultural industries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Modern Languages
ISSN: 1467-0437
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 January 2018
Date of Acceptance: 30 November 2017
Last Modified: 19 May 2018 11:05

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