Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, May 14-15, 2015

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, May 14-15, 2015

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978-88-6969-210-9

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978-88-6969-190-4

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19 Dec 2017

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, May 14-15, 2015 | 12

Fooling the World or Fooling Itself: China’s Spectacular-Oneiric Society

Gregory Lee
gregorybarrylee@gmail.com

DOI 10.14277/6969-190-4/SR-12-6

Submitted 23 Jan 2017
Accepted 01 Feb 2017

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’. 

Keywords

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


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