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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  24 resistance towards the dominant university culture. The third dimension of context is the broad sociocultural context in today’s China. It is difficult to define what is the dominant culture in contemporary China. The whole society has been changing very fast since the 1990s. Individualism and materialism might be the most recent ideological trends. Most Chinese people cannot help involving into this more and more capitalistic society by celebrating wealth, freedom, and hedonism. However, governmental and intellectual discourses are still very critical towards these two so-called ‘new ideologies’ (See Wang 2000). Under this unstable sociocultural circumstance, it seems more important to clear up what is resisted by the young university students rather than simply to interpret the BBS culture as resistance. As I have argued, since popular culture has become a new battleground on which the war of power struggles for obtaining symbolic capital was conducted, it provides the young students spaces for practicing their own cultural style. And thus, the resistance becomes possible. That is to say, the contradiction between the real trends of the society and the governmental and intellectual discourses produces subject positions for the youth to resist the orthodox ideas and values hold by the intellectuals. Thus the resistance of youth cultures can only be observed within the immediate contexts the youth live in.

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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resistance towards the dominant university culture.
The third dimension of context is the broad sociocultural context in today’s China. It is
difficult to define what is the dominant culture in contemporary China. The whole society has been
changing very fast since the 1990s. Individualism and materialism might be the most recent
ideological trends. Most Chinese people cannot help involving into this more and more capitalistic
society by celebrating wealth, freedom, and hedonism. However, governmental and intellectual
discourses are still very critical towards these two so-called ‘new ideologies’ (See Wang 2000).
Under this unstable sociocultural circumstance, it seems more important to clear up what is
resisted by the young university students rather than simply to interpret the BBS culture as
resistance. As I have argued, since popular culture has become a new battleground on which the
war of power struggles for obtaining symbolic capital was conducted, it provides the young
students spaces for practicing their own cultural style. And thus, the resistance becomes possible.
That is to say, the contradiction between the real trends of the society and the governmental and
intellectual discourses produces subject positions for the youth to resist the orthodox ideas and
values hold by the intellectuals. Thus the resistance of youth cultures can only be observed within
the immediate contexts the youth live in.


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