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Punk Culture in Contemporary China

  • Explores the unknown world of Chinese subcultures

  • Identifies the ways that urbanization and post-Tiananmen politics have engendered new "urban tribes" in China

  • Offers insights into the ways that independent creatives can find an economic means of survival within the post-socialist economy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Punk in China

  3. A Comparison with Intra-Asian and European Punks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Jian Xiao
      Pages 201-212
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 213-220

About this book


This book explores for the first time the punk phenomenon in contemporary China. As China has urbanised within the context of explosive economic growth and a closed political system, urban subcultures and phenomena of alienation and anomie have emerged, and yet, the political and economic differences between China and western societies has ensured that these subcultures operate and are motivated by profoundly different structures. This book will be of interest to cultural historians, media studies and urban studies researchers, and (ex-) punk rockers.

Jian Xiao, with a PhD from Loughborough University, works at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Her research interest is focused on media and cultural studies. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Communication and DesignSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

About the authors

Jian Xiao, with a PhD from Loughborough University, works at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Her research interest is focused on media and cultural studies. 

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