Investments in Patriotism: A Case Study of the PRC in the Post-Deng Era

Journal of World Philosophies 4 (1):55-86 (2019)
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This paper explores two types of investment in the current People’s Republic of China, both of which promote fantasies about the past and future, presumably as a way to forestall uncomfortable conversations about the present. But the author is less interested in state decisions than in what makes an unofficial person “buy into” such fantasies. Her answer is, “misperceptions about tradition”, longstanding cultural preoccupations, and genuine desires to secure honor and glory in an insecure world. Her largely diagnostic paper briefly considers possible responses to the question, “What, in such a dire situation, can be done to introduce more complex notions of sedimented identities?”



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