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China: The Pessoptimist Nation

China: The Pessoptimist Nation

by William A. Callahan
     
 

The rise of China presents s long-term challenge to the world not only economically, but politically and culturally. Callahan meets this challenge in China: The Pessoptimist Nation by using new Chinese sources and innovative analysis to see how Chinese people understand their new place in the world.

To chart the trajectory of its rise, the book shifts from

Overview

The rise of China presents s long-term challenge to the world not only economically, but politically and culturally. Callahan meets this challenge in China: The Pessoptimist Nation by using new Chinese sources and innovative analysis to see how Chinese people understand their new place in the world.

To chart the trajectory of its rise, the book shifts from examining China's national interests to exploring its national aesthetic. Rather than answering the standard social science question 'what is China?' with statistics of economic and military power, this book asks 'when, where, and who is China?' to explore the soft power dynamics of China's identity politics.

China: The Pessoptimist Nation shows how the heart of Chinese foreign policy is not a security dilemma, but an identity dilemma. Through careful analysis, Callahan charts how Chinese identity emerges through the interplay of positive and negative feelings in a dynamic that intertwines China's domestic and international politics. China thus is the pessoptimist nation where national security is closely linked to nationalist insecurities.

Callahan concludes that this interactive view of China's pessoptimist identity means that we need to rethink the role of the state and public opinion in Beijing's foreign policy-making.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This provocative books uses not only a new analytical framework for studying Chinese political culture...As a significant contribution to the understanding of political culture and how it is related to contemporary international relatiions, this book will surely generate more discussion on the subject matter."—Journal of Asian Studies

"A courageous book...both timely and likely to stand the test of time."—China Quarterly

"An in-depth analysis of how perceptions and narratives of Chinese identity have shaped intellectual and popular discourses on China's security and insecurity...this study makes a significant contribution to the literature focusing on the ideational and societal dimensions of Chinese foreign policy."—Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199604395
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
855,893
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

William A. Callahan is Professor of International Politics and China Studies at the University of Manchester, and Co-Director of the British Inter-University China Center at Oxford University. His recent publications include Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia (2006) and Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations (2004).

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