Fooling the world or fooling itself: China’s spectacular-oneiric society: an intervention from a critical Chinese studies perspective

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Abstract

Since the ’90s, China’s economic power has grown massively, and with it the authorities’ desire to control and craft its global image. Yet, despite policed Internet and surveillance of its citizens, contestation of the authorities’ control has come from social, ecological and cultural activists. Since the start of the century, China has staged the Olympics, had a Chinese woman win the Miss World competition, and claims to wage a ‘war on terror’. A spectacle of a peaceful, harmonious and ‘normal’ country – a ‘China dream’ – is projected. This article seeks to apprehend the reality behind the dream and to show how China's current condition is the result of a historical domination by, but also voluntary engagement with, the ‘West’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XV East Asia Net Research workshop
Subtitle of host publicationCa’ Foscari University of Venice, May 14-15, 2015
EditorsDaniele Brombal
PublisherEdizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing
Pages121-142
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9788869691904
ISBN (Print)9788869692109
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2017
EventXV East Asia Net Research Workshop - Venice, Italy
Duration: 14 May 201515 May 2015
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameStudi e ricerche
Volume12
ISSN (Print)2610-993X
ISSN (Electronic)2610-9123

Workshop

WorkshopXV East Asia Net Research Workshop
Abbreviated titleEAN
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVenice
Period14/05/1515/05/15

Keywords

  • China
  • Spectacular society
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Postcolonial
  • Modernity
  • Globalization

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