China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

by William A. Callahan

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Overview

After celebrating their country's three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, "What comes next?" How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe?

William A. Callahan's China Dreams gives voice to China's many different futures by exploring the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals. Stepping outside the narrow politics of officials vs. dissidents, Callahan examines what a third group—"citizen intellectuals"—think about China's future. China Dreams eavesdrops on fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists to see how they describe China's different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures. Callahan also examines how the PRC's new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings is creatively questioning "The China Model" of economic development. The personal stories of these citizen intellectuals illustrate China's zeitgeist and a complicated mix of hopes and fears about "The Chinese Century," providing a clearer sense of how the PRC's dramatic economic and cultural transitions will affect the rest of the world.

China Dreams explores the transnational connections between American and Chinese people, providing a new approach to Sino-American relations. While many assume that 21st century global politics will be a battle of Confucian China vs. the democratic west, Callahan weaves Chinese and American ideals together to describe a new "Chimerican dream."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199896400
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2013
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William A. Callahan is Chair in International Politics and Research Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of China: The Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford University Press) and Contingent States (University of Minnesota Press).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures v
Introduction: China is the Future 1
Chapter 1: Officials, Dissidents, and Citizen Intellectuals 26
Chapter 2: Strategic Futures and the Post-American World Order 66
Chapter 3: The China Model and the Search for Wealth and Power 99
Chapter 4: Cosmopolitan, Fundamentalist and Racialist Dreams 149
Chapter 5: Shanghai's Alternative Futures and China's New Civil Society 186
Chapter 6: The American Dream and Chinese Exceptionalism 216
Scenario: A Chimerican Dream 246
Endnotes
Acknowledgements 265
Bibliography 267
Who's Who 285
Index

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