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Toward a new relational ontology in global politics: China's rise as holographic transition

Pan, Chengxin 2018, Toward a new relational ontology in global politics: China's rise as holographic transition, International relations of the Asia-Pacific, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 339-367, doi: 10.1093/irap/lcy010.

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Title Toward a new relational ontology in global politics: China's rise as holographic transition
Author(s) Pan, ChengxinORCID iD for Pan, Chengxin orcid.org/0000-0002-9771-7563
Journal name International relations of the Asia-Pacific
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 339
End page 367
Total pages 29
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2018-09
ISSN 1470-482X
1470-4838
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
International Relations
INTERNATIONAL-RELATIONS THEORY
HEAVEN TIAN-XIA
PEACEFUL RISE
COMPLEXITY THEORY
WORLD-POLITICS
POWER
SOCIETY
CONSTRUCTION
PHILOSOPHY
SCIENCE
Summary The theoretical challenges for international relations (IR) posed by China’s rise cannot be adequately addressed at a mere theoretical level. Predicated on a Cartesian/Newtonian ontology that assumes a mechanistic world made up of discrete, self-contained parts (e.g., sovereign nation-states), mainstream IR theories offer limited understanding of China’s rise. In this article, I propose an alternative, holographic relational ontology. Drawing upon recent IR scholarship on relational ontology and holographic ideas in quantum physics as well as traditional Asian thoughts, this ‘new’ ontology posits that the world exists fundamentally as holographic relations, in which a part is a microcosmic reflection of its larger whole(s). As a part of various wholes in global politics, ‘China’ is thus never an entity in and of itself, but holographic reflections of them. Its rise is best understood as a phenomenon of holographic transition, in which characteristics of those larger wholes are being enfolded into what is known as ‘China’. Thus, both the ‘China’ challenges and ‘China’ opportunities, rather than some inherently ‘Chinese’ properties, are products of China’s holographic relations. This ontology has broader conceptual and methodological as well as policy implications for IR in East Asia and beyond.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/irap/lcy010
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940304 International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30113685

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