Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics

Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics

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A”China threat or China opportunity, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. Western imaginations of China come under close scrutiny in this book, in a new, philosophical depth seldom attempted before. Dr Pan displays in full force his analytical skills and his mastery of knowledge, both East and West. Contrary to conventional approaches, he takes a step back to exercise a powerful reflective process to watch the China watchers, with illuminating results. Dr PanA•s book deserves wide and careful reading.A• A Professor Gerald Chan, University of Auckland, New Zealand A”The rise of China is largely seen as either a threat or an opportunity. Chengxin Pan exposes both of these representations as expressions of Western fears and desires for certainty and predictability. His call for a more reflective and culturally sensitive understanding of China offers an important contribution to one of the big political debates of our time.A• A Professor Roland Bleiker, University of Queensland, Australia A”This is a brilliant and insightful treatment of Western representations of China, with a theoretical framework suggesting they come not only from China itself, but also the West. Although it is not the first treatment of this topic, it is innovative in considering the A’China threatA“ and A’China opportunityA“: both aspects of the rise of China are of crucial importance for our times. With provocative conclusions, it is a truly path-breaking contribution to the literature. I recommend it highly!A• A Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia A”Pan has produced a book which not only challenges some basic assumptions about the nature of ChinaA•s A’riseA“, but more importantly forces us to rethink the very basic starting points of how we know what we know about China.A• A Professor Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK How is the rise of China perceived in the West? Why is it often labelled as A”threatA• and/or A”opportunityA•? What are the implications of these China imageries for global politics? Taking up these important questions, this groundbreaking book argues that the dominant Western perceptions of ChinaA•s rise tell us less about China and more about Western self-imagination and its desire for certainty. Chengxin Pan expertly illustrates how this desire, masked as China A”knowledgeA•, is bound up with the political economy of fears and fantasies, thereby both informing and complicating foreign policy practice in Sino-Western relations. Insofar as this vital relationship is shaped not only by ChinaA•s rise, but also by the way we conceptualise its rise, this book makes a compelling case for critical reflection on China watching. Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics is the first systematic and deconstructive analysis of contemporary Western representation of ChinaA•s rise. Setting itself apart from the mainstream empiricist literature, its critical interpretative approach and unconventional and innovative perspective will not only strongly appeal to academics, students and the broader reading public, but also likely spark debate in the field of Chinese international relations.Onuf, Nicholas (1998), a#39;Constructivism: A Usera#39;s Manuala#39;, in Vendulka KubAilkovAi, Nicholas Onuf and Paul Kowert (eds), ... Oster, Shai, Norihiko Shirouzu and Paul Glader (2010), a#39;China Squeezes Foreigners for Share of Global Richesa#39;, Wallanbsp;...

Title:Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics
Author: Chengxin Pan
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2012-01-01

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