The Everyday Life Practices of Chinese Rural Migrants in Urban Villages
Chapter 8. A Televised Spring Festival and Its Consumption in the Urban Villages
Chapter 8A Televised Spring Festival and Its Consumption in the Urban Villages
In different social and historical contexts, the meanings of the turning of the year and people’s ways of celebrating the meanings have not always been the same. One recent thrust in this transformation was the participation of modern media technologies in the festival spaces. China is not exempt from this change. Since 1983, a televised form of New Year’s Eve started to enter millions of Chinese households. Watching the live broadcast of the Central China Television (CCTV) Spring Festival Gala Show was aligned with the family reunion dinner, door couplets, and fireworks in constituting the contemporary festivity of Chinese year turning. Compared with the festival activities discussed in the last chapter, the festival practices through broadcasting and viewing posit an unprecedented power in relating the present to the very distant absent and therefore foster the place-making function of the ritual into another realm. The existence of this televised ingredient in the rural migrants’ Chuxi night allows us to understand the social production of their identity and place their urban village settlement practices in the festival context in a further extensive framework. What are the relationships between this televised and centralised form of festival and the Chinese rural migratory subjects? How does this nationwide media event embed in the rural migrants’ festival space? These are the questions I am going to explore in the last chapter of this research.
The marriage between ritual and television...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.