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From Village to CitySocial Transformation in a Chinese County Seat$
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Andrew B. Kipnis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289703

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289703.001.0001

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Recombinant Phantasmagoria

Recombinant Phantasmagoria

(p.115) Five Recombinant Phantasmagoria
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

This chapter explores the phantasmagoria, the imaginary experience of shifting images of Zouping as a place, especially as experienced when walking the streets of the city. It examines how public space is used, the introduction and growth of advertising and its associated sexual imagery, and the way in which the government manipulates the experience of public space through its control of landmarks and religious buildings and through its staging of public spectacles. Particular attention is paid to the historical erasure of religious landmarks, the ways in which a discourse of romanticism informs advertising, and the ways in which advertising, an urban environment, the end of arranged marriage, and the extension of youth create conditions for a sexual modernity.

Keywords:   phantasmagoria, advertising, sexual modernity, historical erasure, political spectacle, romanticism

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