Lurid Pleasures: Entertainment and Modernity in Republican Shanghai

Chadwick, Tobias Oliver (2005). Lurid Pleasures: Entertainment and Modernity in Republican Shanghai MPhil Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Chadwick, Tobias Oliver
Thesis Title Lurid Pleasures: Entertainment and Modernity in Republican Shanghai
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Chi-kong Lai
Total pages 160
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects L
430102 History - Asian
780199 Other
Formatted abstract

Early twentieth century Shanghai was swept up in a wave of modernity. As the customs, traditions and social structures that had underpinned a nation for centuries were stripped away in favour of progression, popular pursuits were forced to evolve in an attempt to reflect and cater to the whim of a rising middle class elite. Entertainment, indeed the very conduct of leisure itself, in Shanghai became a symbol of modernization, a reflection of all it was, and all it was yet to be. This phenomenon was essentially born of the desire to be modem, was popularised by so-called "petty urbanites," and driven at it's most base level by economic necessity. From the birth of social dancing in the elitist environment of the extraterritorial concessions, to the sexual concoction of commercialised pleasures meandering through the streets, Shanghai was a city of popular, modernised excess, a fusion of modem and traditional, though rarely lawful, pursuits. This "den of iniquity" catered for all tastes, and all social classes, guided only by the vogues of the time, and the whim of it's benefactors. 

Keyword Shanghai (China) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Amusements -- China -- Shanghai -- 20th century
Leisure -- China -- Shanghai -- 20th century
Popular culture -- China -- Shanghai -- 20th century

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