Staging China
Title
Staging China
Subtitle
The Politics of Mass Spectacle
ISBN
9789400603462
Format
eBook PDF (Adobe DRM)
Number of pages
330
Language
English
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Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Note on Conventions
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Making Sense of China’s Spectacles
2 Arriving on the World Stage
3 The Governance of China’s Networked Spectacles
4 Staging China’s Revival
5 Designing Chinese Nationalism
6 The Making of a Harmonious Utopia
7 Contested Nation Branding
8 Fractured Discourses, Idiosyncratic Interactions
9 Conclusion: The Legacy of China’s Mass Media Events
List of References
Glossary
Index

Florian Schneider

Staging China

The Politics of Mass Spectacle

The People’s Republic of China began the 21st century with a new-and-improved public relations approach that was meant to counter anxieties about China’s role in the world while simultaneously showcasing the leadership’s policies to a domestic audience. Crucial to this communication strategy have been networked spectacles: elaborate mass event, designed to reconfigure organisations, ideas, and the relations between people. In Staging China, Florian Schneider analyses large-scale projects like the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai Expo to show how such spectacles became part of the ruling party’s governance toolkit under Hu Jintao’s leadership, and how their legacy informs politics and political communication in China to this day.
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Florian Schneider

Florian SCHNEIDER is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He is managing editor of Asiascape: Digital Asia and director of the Leiden Asia Centre.