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Discipline and power: knowledge of China in political science

Lin, Chun (2017) Discipline and power: knowledge of China in political science. Critical Asian Studies, 49 (4). 501 - 522. ISSN 1467-2715

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14672715.2017.1362321

Abstract

Mainstream political science treats China as an anomaly that has not followed the “right” path of development, i.e. a path that confirms the worldview, normative values, knowledge, and expectations of a Euromodern origin. This essay identifies inherent biases in the discipline and shows how the dominant disciplinary approach to Chinese politics has largely remained focused on validating questionable political-scientific tenets. A tentative proposal is offered for intellectual steps toward more openness and efficacy in disciplinary knowledge production and consumption. The argument is not about overcoming Eurocentrism by promoting Chinese exceptionalism. On the contrary, it is political, and challenges the power of current organizing principles of knowledge in search of a more accurate and cogent understanding of Chinese and global politics.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcra20
Additional Information: © 2017 BCAS, Inc.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 13:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83755

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