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In the 1990s, Greater China became the subject of debate as the site of either the danger of the “China threat” or the promise of Confucian capitalism. William A. Callahan argues that Greater China presents challenges not only to economic and political order but also to international relations theory. In fact, Greater China, though absent from geopolitical maps and international law, is very much present in economic and cultural exchange and exemplifies the contingent state of international politics. Callahan deconstructs the mainstream geopolitical and political-economic understandings of Greater China, tracing its emergence through an ethnographic analysis of four political “problems” in East Asia: the South China Sea disputes, Sino-Korean relations, the return of Hong Kong, and cross-straits relations. Callahan shows how bureaucrats, outlaws, tycoons, academics, workers, politicians, and hooligans alike produce Greater China through networks of relations in local, national, regional, global, and transnational space. Finally, Contingent States reveals how each of the “problems” provoked theoretical innovations that depart from standard conceptions of sovereignty, democracy, and the nation-state.William A. Callahan is senior lecturer of international politics and deputy director of the Center for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, England, and the author of Imagining Democracy: Reading “The Events of May” in Thailand and Pollwatching, Elections, and Civil Society in Southeast Asia.

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The concept of Greater China emerged in the Western literature to describe the economic flows between the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and in more recent years has come to signify Western fears of a rising Chinese expansionism. Callahan (international politics, U. of Durham, UK) prefers to see Greater China as "the product of a contingent network of relations in local, national, regional, global, and transnational space." Recognizing the contingent nature of Greater China allows him to apply Chinese concepts and critical international theory to problematize dualistic debates about Greater China in the international relations literature and to use an ethnographic approach to point to alternative ways of understanding such issues as: "Greater China as Confucian capitalism or as the threat of China, military force in the South China Sea or diplomacy there, Confucian national identity or transnational Confucian capitalism in South Korea, Britain or China in Hong Kong, and unification or independence in Taiwan."
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816644001
Author:
Callahan, William A.
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Location:
Minneapolis
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
China Foreign relations 1976-
Subject:
China Politics and government 1976-
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Barrows Lectures
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 maps
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.7 in

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