Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries by Sylvia J. MartinHaunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries by Sylvia J. Martin

Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries

bySylvia J. Martin

Paperback | October 4, 2016

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How do media professionals handle the risks of film and television production given market uncertainties, fears of industrial decline, and increasing job insecurity? What does the work of creating spectacle on-screen amid volatile conditions off-screen mean to them? In Haunted: An Ethnographyof the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries, Sylvia J. Martin explores these questions about members of the highly commercial film and television industries of Hollywood and Hong Kong (the latter often referred to as the "Hollywood of the East"). Drawing on extensive multi-sited ethnographic research - including participant-observation as an extra in Hollywood and interviews with stunt workers in Hong Kong - Martin takes the readers onto studio lots and urban filming locations in Hollywood and Hong Kong to discover the haunting perils andpleasures of the filming process for media workers as they also grapple with broader social, economic, and political issues. Signaling a new turn in anthropology of media, this ethnography is not only a comparative study of the Hollywood and Hong Kong media industries but also an examination of thethematic and transnational connections between them. Through unexpected findings about engagement with religion and the supernatural in both industrial sites, Martin offers a unique perspective on risk and uncertainty for media labor and production studies.Haunted is a volume in the ISSUES OF GLOBALIZATION: CASE STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGY series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and itscultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups.
Sylvia J. Martin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The University of Hong Kong. Her work has been published in Visual Anthropology Review, Critical Studies in Media Communication, American Ethnologist (co-author), Society, and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies.
Title:Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media IndustriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Haunted is an excellent case study of how global forces--specifically global capitalism--influence local cultures. It addresses the local/global nexus in innovative ways: one of these ways is by looking at affective labor and how it contrasts with the demands of capitalism, creating tensionsfor media producers. It also illustrates the role of non-modern sociocultural forces that are beyond science, rationalization, and individualism, and how these affect production." --Leila Rodriguez, University of Cincinnati