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Cultural Localization And Its Local Discontents: Contested Evaluations Of Cantopop Electronic Dance Music

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Cultural localization has been one of the major research foci in global media studies, sociology of globalization, and cultural anthropology. This chapter aims to enrich the study of it through examining two middle-range aspects - a cultural political aspect and a cultural economic one - of localizing electronic dance music in Hong Kong. It finds that Cantopop electronic dance music was negatively received by local audience because of its cultural conservatism and its limited production volume. The chapter elaborates the structural causes of the two weaknesses and argues that they are commonly found in cultural localization processes around the contemporary world. The findings compels to rethink cultural localization in more open-ended and complex terms than current studies do. They also suggest that it is premature to suppose that cultural localization is dissolving global-local power differentials or rendering global-local distinctions meaningless.

Keywords: Cantopop electronic dance music; cultural localization; Hong Kong



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