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Author Vukovich, Daniel F.

Title China and Orientalism : Western knowledge production and the P.R.C. / Daniel F. Vukovich
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012

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Description xviii, 185 pages ; 24 cm
Series Postcolonial politics ; 5
Postcolonial politics ; 5
Contents Sinological-Orientalism now: China and the new era -- Uncivil society, or, Orientalism and Tiananmen, 1989 -- Maoist discourse and its demonization -- Accounting for the Great Leap Forward: missing millions, excess deaths, and a crisis of Chinese proportions -- Delillo, Warhol, and the specter of Mao: the sinologization of global thought -- Screening sinology: on the Western study of Chinese film -- The China-reference and Orientalism in the global economy
Summary This book argues that there is a new, Sinological form of orientalism at work in the world. It has shifted from a logic of 'essential difference' to one of 'sameness' or general equivalence. "China" is now in a halting but inevitable process of becoming-the-same as the USA and the West. Orientalism is now closer to the cultural logic of capitalism, even as it shows the afterlives of colonial discourse. This shift reflects our era of increasing globalization; the migration of orientalism to area studies and the pax Americana; the liberal triumph at the "end" of history and the demonization of Maoism; an ever closer Sino-West relationship; and the overlapping of anti-communist and colonial discourses. To make the case for this re-constitution of orientalism, this work offers an inter-disciplinary analysis of the China field broadly defined. Vukovich takes on specialist work on the politics, governance, and history of the Mao and reform eras, from the Great Leap Forward to Tiananmen, 1989; the Western study of Chinese film; recent work in critical theory which turns on 'the China-reference"; and other global texts about or from China. Through extensive analysis, the production of Sinological knowledge is shown to be of a piece with Western global intellectual political culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Orientalism -- China.
China -- Civilization -- 1949-
China -- Politics and government -- 1949-
China -- Relations -- Western countries.
Western countries -- Relations -- China.
LC no. 2011025973
ISBN 0415592208 (hbk.)
9780203145579 (ebk.)
9780415592208 (hbk.)