Gender and everyday evasions: Moving with Cantopop

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In this paper, gender negotiations in the production, musical forms, and consumption of Cantopop are taken as a cultural exemplar for a social and political imagination of ambivalence, which seems to be shaping popular life in Hong Kong. It has three focal points - musical forms and expressions of Cantopop (style, lyrics, iconography, affect), gender politics, and 'everyday-ness' - which converge to mark a notable cultural logic performing an enlarging sense of ambivalence about a city that has seen a shift from high moments of economic prosperity to the current postcolonial uncertainties. In other words, Cantopop signals a shift in our sensibilities, a redrawing of our affective map of everyday life after an important historical and politico-administrative shift. In a sense then, this paper explores Hong Kong's changing identity within the sight and sound of popular culture, by specifically tracing some of the ways in which gender politics is inscribed, coded, negotiated, performed, or simply flirtingly posed on the surface of popular culture. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-108
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Early online dateMar 2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Erni, J. N. (2007). Gender and everyday evasions: Moving with Cantopop. Inter‐Asia Cultural Studies, 8(1), 86-108. doi: 10.1080/14649370601119055


  • Cantopop
  • Gendered sensibilities
  • Hong Kong
  • Everyday life
  • Politics of in-difference


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