Knowledge, desire and power in global politics : western representations of China's rise

Pan, Chengxin 2012, Knowledge, desire and power in global politics : western representations of China's rise, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, England.

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Title Knowledge, desire and power in global politics : western representations of China's rise
Author(s) Pan, Chengxin
Publication date 2012
Total pages 264
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication Cheltenham, England
Keyword(s) rise of China
knowledge
politics of representation
China watching
Orientalism
self-reflection
Summary How is the rise of China perceived in the West? Why is it often labelled as ‘threat’ and/or ‘opportunity’? What are the implications of these China imageries for global politics?

Taking up these important questions, this ground-breaking book argues that the dominant Western perceptions of China’s rise tell us less about China and more about Western self-imagination and its desire for certainty. Chengxin Pan expertly illustrates how this desire, masked as China ‘knowledge’, is bound up with the political economy of fears and fantasies, thereby both informing and complicating foreign policy practice in Sino-Western relations. Insofar as this vital relationship is shaped not only by China’s rise, but also by the way we conceptualise its rise, this book makes a compelling case for critical reflection on China watching.

Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics is the first systematic and deconstructive analysis of contemporary Western representation of China’s rise. Setting itself apart from the mainstream empiricist literature, its critical interpretative approach and unconventional and innovative perspective will not only strongly appeal to academics, students and the broader reading public, but also likely spark debate in the field of Chinese international relations.
Notes USA place of publication : Northampton, MA, USA.
ISBN 978184542157
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
220209 History of Ideas
220208 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2012, Edward Elgar Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049828

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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