Traditional opera consumption as the new game of distinction for the Chinese middle class

@article{Ma2019TraditionalOC,
  title={Traditional opera consumption as the new game of distinction for the Chinese middle class},
  author={Haili Ma},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={22},
  pages={400 - 416}
}
  • Haili Ma
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
Utilizing theories of Becker’s art worlds, Veblen’s conspicuous consumption and Bourdieu’s capital forms, this article critically examines the formation of a new art world of the traditional Chinese opera Kunqu, with university students turned middle class as identified consumers. It argues that the art world has been developed through the innovation of artists working within the tight ideological control of the market. Only artists who support party-state ideological evolution, allowing access… Expand

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