Cultural brokers and transnational connections

Eric Kit-wai Ma

in Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083459
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209329 | DOI:
Cultural brokers and transnational connections

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This chapter examines the role of cultural brokers in the transnational consumer culture of young urban professionals in the Mainland. The informants here are connected to Hong Kong in one way or another, but Hong Kong is no longer the dreamed home to realize a rewarding life. They construct their identities by manoeuvring between the state and the market, appropriating transnational professionalism, and living out a mediated middle class lifestyle in their everyday life, which is more transnational than national. The chapter details the newly developed collective identity of white-collar workers by describing the everyday practices of cultural brokers who are significant followers, gatekeepers, and advocates of middle class lifestyles in South China.

Keywords: Hong Kong; China; consumer culture; cultural brokers; professionals; middle class; state; market

Chapter.  6380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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