A preliminary analysis of discourses about China and democracy

Ling Chen

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Based on examination of expressed opinions and views, online or offline, this essay attends to talks or discussion about democracy. These talks are taken as discursive manifestation of sociocultural aspirations revealed in a sample of contemporary deliberative rhetoric in China. A selective, small survey of related discourses identifies three arguments for two positions about China and democracy. Historical events, analogy and comparison are shown to remain favored rhetorical strategies in such deliberation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalChina Media Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

User-Defined Keywords

  • Deliberative rhetoric
  • democracy
  • Chinese culture


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