Staging China

The Politics of Mass Spectacle

Florian Schneider

Staging China

Florian Schneider

Distributed for Leiden University Press

266 pages | 31 color plates, 2 halftones, 4 line drawings | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $56.50 ISBN: 9789087283247 Will Publish January 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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 its leadership’s policies to a domestic audience. Crucial to this communication strategy have been networked spectacles: elaborate mass events, designed to reconfigure organizations, ideas, and relations between people. In Staging China, Florian Schneider analyzes large-scale projects like the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai Expo to show how such spectacles became part of the ruling party’s governance toolkit under Hu Jintao’s leadershi, and how their legacy informs politics and political communication in China to this day.
 
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.
Review Quotes
Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen
“This is a timely, original, and relevant work with fine-grained yet essential nuances [on the] emerging, complicated repertoire used by the Communist Party of China to govern the world’s largest authoritarian regime. The author advances a theoretical frame for depicting the networked interactions and communications within the Communist Chinese state and its people.”
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