WIAPS研究会

第25回アジア太平洋研究センター(WIAPS)研究会

開催日時 2014年7月14日(月)12:15-12:50
場所早稲田大学19号館(西早稲田ビル)7階713会議室
参加資格WIAPS専任教員・助手, WIAPS受入の交換研究員・訪問学者・外国人研究員, GSAPS修士課程・博士後期課程在学生
報告1

報告者:中嶋聖雄(早大アジア太平洋研究科准教授)

報告テーマ:
Re-imagining Civil Society in Contemporary Urban China: Actor-Network-Theory and Chinese Independent Film Consumption

要旨:
Extending recent seminal studies that focus on networks of multiple actors in Chinese civil society instead of state-society dichotomy, this presentation explores independent film consumption in contemporary urban China. It shows how a collective entity composed of independent films, people, and discourses is assembled to become civil society, despite the continuing existence of government restrictions on independently produced films. Relying on data collected through ethnography set in the capital city of Beijing, I use the “three moves” suggested by Bruno Latour’s recent description of Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) to follow the actors themselves. I first “localize the global” concept of civil society and its attendant notion of state-society relations by discussing an independently organized film festival in which I participated and observed. Second, by discussing an empirical case of DVD stores, through which independent films circulate, I “redistribute the local” by detailing the processes in which particular local sites of the retail spaces of DVDs are connected to “actants” dispatched throughout the globe. Finally, I “connect sites” by putting to work the conceptual tools provided by Latour including “connectors,” “mediators,” and “plasma.” I conclude by arguing that ANT contributes to a seemingly modest, but essential political task of preventing the hasty closure of what is to be included in the collective, as well as how the collective is to be composed. In the case I examine, ANT clears the path for the future reassembling of civil society in contemporary urban China.

*This presentation is based on Seio Nakajima. 2013. “Re-imagining Civil Society in Contemporary Urban China: Actor-Network-Theory and Chinese Independent Film Consumption.” Qualitative Sociology 36: 383-402.

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