Discourse, Rhetoric and Shifting Political Behaviour in China
Using political discourse analysis, this book examines the extent to which the salient approaches of previous leadership generations have translated into present day policies shepherded in by Xi Jinping.
On the strategic political level, the book includes comparisons of China's recent leadership periods with a focus on Xi Jinping's era, and contains examples of whether and how specific topics and tactics reoccur across generations. The state development strategy section then goes on to include chapters on shaping China’s strategic narratives, neoliberal discourse within state developmentalism, and keyword evolution. The practical policies part looks at the issues of re-education, health, class, and ethnicity, analysing how the leaders talk about China’s poor, frame the representations of megaprojects on social media, and discursively display diplomatic strength.
As a study of the rule of Xi Jinping and the rhetoric of the contemporary Chinese political system, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese politics and political science more broadly.
Discourse, Rhetoric and Shifting Political Behaviour in China: An Introduction
Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Rīga Stradiņš University
1. Thought Reform, Re-education and the Politics of Language and Discourse in China
Mirjam R.L. Eggli, University of Oxford
Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta
Part I DISCOURSE OF STATE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
2. State Developmentalism and the Chinese Leadership: Ideology, Cultural Heritage, and Self-reinvention
Qing Cao, Durham University
3. The Red Triangle of the Chinese people, the Chinese Nation and the Communist Party of China: Meaning Generation in Speeches of the Chinese Fifth Generation Leadership
Lutgard Lams, Catholic University of Leuven
4. Jingshen: a Governmental Keyword in 21st Century China
Beatrice Gallelli, Ca'Foscari University of Venice
Part II DISCOURSE OF PRACTICAL POLITICAL ISSUES
5. (Un)Problematising and Reshaping: Discourse Analysis of the Rural Poor’s Representation in Poverty-Alleviation Texts During the Xi and Hu Eras
Le Cao, Masaryk University
6. China’s BRI on Social Media — A Study of Xinhua’s Discursive Adaptations in the Context of a Shifting Leadership
Nie Yuxi, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Biographies of the Authors