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Sketching The Discursive Outlines Of Cosmopolitan Hybridity In Postwar Hong Kong: City Magazine In The Emergence Of 1980s Popular Culture And Culture Industry

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This paper is part of a larger project to explore the genealogies of cosmopolitanism in the emergence of mass culture in postwar Hong Kong. The formation of a Hong Kong identity and the evolution of a mass culture, among other things, are all complex sociological phenomena in their own right that are more importantly made possible by politico-institutional transformations and corresponding change in the geo-cultural landscape. The paper argues that cosmopolitanism as the ethos of a mass culture should be a contradiction in terms, at least on the surface of things. The institutions, lifestyles and behaviour typically associated with the unique emergence of Hong Kong culture in the 1980s are themselves a product of complex changes, to say the least, but many aspects of this evolution can be reflected in the thirty-year transformation of City Magazine itself.

Keywords: City Magazine; cosmopolitan hybridity; Hong Kong culture; postwar Hong Kong



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