The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons

The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons

The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons

The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons


This book provides a fresh approach to the study of Chinese language, culture and society by using concepts of social semiotics to extend the ideas of language and reading. The authors tackle areas such as grammar, language, gender, popular culture, film and the Chinese diaspora. The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture breaks down the boundaries around the ideas and identities of East and West and provide a more relevant analysis of the Chinese and China.


Critical scholarship in cultural and communication studies world wide has resulted in an increased awareness of the need to reconsider some of the more traditional research practices and theoretical/analytic domains of arts, humanities and social science disciplines, towards a recognition of the differing imperatives of what critical studies of culture and communication might look like in an Asian context. The demands for research materials, under-graduate textbooks and postgraduate monographs grow and expand with this increased critical awareness, while developments across the world continue to recognise the need to situate work in communication and cultural studies on and in Asia within a more global framework.

This series is designed to contribute to those demands and recognition. It is aimed at looking in detail at cultural and communication studies from critical perspectives which take into account different 'Asian' imperatives. In particular, it focuses on work written by scholars either living in or working on the region, who have specific interests in opening up new agendas for what constitutes critical communication and cultural studies within and about Asia. The overall aims of the series are to present new work, new paradigms, new theoretical positions, and new analytic practices of what might often be traditional and well established communication and cultural activities and discourses.

The theoretical direction of the series is principally targeted at establishing these new agendas and by critically reflecting upon the appropriateness, or otherwise, of theories and methodologies already well established, or developing, in cultural and communication studies across the world. Having said this, however, the series is not aimed at producing a monolithic blueprint for what constitutes critical cultural and communication studies in or about Asia. Nor is there a specific agenda for what the series might consider to be an appropriate critical cultural and communication studies for Asia.

The series is not, therefore, designed to create an orthodoxy for 'Asian' communication and cultural studies, but to open up new ways of thinking and rethinking contemporary cultural and communication practice and analysis in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The series is aimed to counter, as much as possible, those essentialising processes of colonialisation,

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