Global Political Transitions

China’s Selective Identities

State, Ideology and Culture

Authors: Mierzejewski, Dominik, Kowalski, Bartosz

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  • Analyses China's foreign policy behaviour pattern through the lenses of nation-state, ideology and culture
  • Discusses the rationale behind China choosing different types of identities for different types of audiences
  • Offers a fresh take from a Central European perspective
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This book discusses the role of selective identities in shaping China’s position in regional and global affairs. It does so by using the concept of the political transition of power, and argues that by taking on different types of identities—of state, ideology and culture—the Chinese government has adjusted China’s identity to different kinds of audiences. By adopting different kinds of “self”, China has secured its relatively peaceful transition within the existing system and, in the meantime, strengthened its capacity to place its principles within that system. To its immediate neighbors, China presents itself as a state that needs clearcut borders. In relation to the developing world (Global South), the PRC narrates “self” as an ideology with the banner of materialism, equality and justice. To its third “audience”, the developed world (mainly Europe), China presents itself as a peaceful, innocent cultural construct based primarily on Confucius’ passive approach. By bringing these three identities into “one Chinese body” (三位一体, sanwei yiti), China’s policymakers skillfully maneuver and build the country’s position in the arena of global affairs.

About the authors

Dominik Mierzejewski has a Ph.D. in Humanities and Professorship in Social and Political Science. He is chair at the Center for Asian Affairs, professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, and studied at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004). He also spent time at the Heritage Foundation (2003), and is a recipient of the Jan Karski Scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003). He was also a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011).
Bartosz Kowalski is Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Lodz, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Asian Affairs. His main areas of research are in modern Sino-CEE relations and China's state-building policies in the north-western borderlands.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Theoretical Understanding of China’s Selective Identities

    Mierzejewski, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Building China’s State Identity: Interests, Institutions, and Conflicts

    Mierzejewski, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 31-95

  • Debating China as Ideology: Marxism, Materialism, and Own Way

    Mierzejewski, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 97-156

  • Beyond the Borders: Utopia, Uniqueness, and Soft-Power

    Mierzejewski, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 157-220

  • Conclusions

    Mierzejewski, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 221-231

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China’s Selective Identities
Book Subtitle
State, Ideology and Culture
Authors
Series Title
Global Political Transitions
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0164-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0164-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0163-6
Series ISSN
2522-8730
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 235
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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