IIAS Publications Series Monographs

China with a Cut. Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music

Jeroen de Kloet

In the wake of intense globalisation and commercialisation in the 1990s, China saw the emergence of a vibrant popular culture. Drawing on sixteen years of research, Jeroen de Kloet explores the popular music industry in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, providing a fascinating history of its emergence and extensive audience analysis, while also exploring the effect of censorship on the music scene in China.

China with a Cut pays particular attention to the dakou culture: so named after a cut nicked into the edge to render them unsellable, these illegally imported Western CDs still play most of the tracks. They also played a crucial role in the emergence of the new music and youth culture. De Kloet’s impressive study demonstrates how the young Chinese cope with the rapid economic and social changes in a period of intense globalisation, and offers a unique insight into the socio-cultural and political transformations of a rising global power.

Jeroen de Kloet is assistant professor Mediastudies at the University of Amsterdam. He co-edited the volume "Cosmopatriots - On Distant Belonging and Close Encounters" (Rodopi, 2007).