Making Space for the Maid: Television Drama, Metropolitan Gaze, and a Semiotic of Power in the Post-Socialist Chinese City

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dc.contributor.author Sun Wanning en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:57:52Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:57:52Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2008002895 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sun Wanning 2009, 'Making Space for the Maid: Television Drama, Metropolitan Gaze, and a Semiotic of Power in the Post-Socialist Chinese City', Routledge, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 57-71. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 14680777 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10633
dc.description.abstract Chinese television dramas over the past decades have seen the rise and decline of various narratives, but no other narratives speak to the emerging urban middle class's fear and anxiety more palpably than the stories of the maid. However, despite the growing popularity of the maid stories among urban viewers, most of these stories do not resonate with domestic workers themselves. How do we make sense of the growing popularity of the maid stories among urban viewers? And how do we account for the differentiated capacity to resonate and identify with the characters among viewers? These are important questions to consider if one is to understand the new cultural politics of power and social formations in post-Mao China. In this paper, I explore some of the crucial ways in which a controlling gaze is facilitated and naturalised by the visualisation of place and space in these dramas. Then, through both critical analyses and engaged ethnography, I demonstrate how two sets of controlling gaze¿everyday and televisual¿reinforce and justify each other. Finally, I advance the concept of ¿peripheral vision,¿ which, I show, denies the modernist ¿master¿ narrative of the city and, instead, empowers the subaltern figure with an epistemological position of ¿eye-witness¿ and anthropologist of the city. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680770802619508 en_US
dc.title Making Space for the Maid: Television Drama, Metropolitan Gaze, and a Semiotic of Power in the Post-Socialist Chinese City en_US
dc.parent Feminist Media Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 9 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 57 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 71 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200202 en_US
dc.personcode 101631 en_US
dc.percentage 000100 en_US
dc.classification.name Asian Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
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dc.description.keywords gaze; subaltern spectatorship; ¿peripheral vision¿; television drama; domestic workers; post-Mao China en_US
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